Japan: God is in the trees

I am not a religious person. I was raised Catholic, but in 9th grade in an all-girls Catholic high school, I learned about the crusades and lost my faith in my religion. I am, however, a spiritual person. When I planned what I would be doing in Japan, however,  I didn’t think I would be visiting many temples or shrines.

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SEEQing Sustainability on O’ahu

My guides Trinity, Abby, and Keala

I first heard of SEEQS: the School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability when I was WWOOFing on Mohala FarmsAn educator who was visiting the farm was affiliated with the school and told me a bit about them, recommended I visit. I was fascinated by the concept of the school, a middle school focused on sustainability located on one of the islands of the most remote and most beautiful island chains of the world. I finally got to check it out on my last trip to O’ahu in September 2017.

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Mohala

Painting a mural in Honolulu with friends I made on the farm on the North Shore of Oahu.

Mohala in Hawaiian means to unfold, blossom, open up, shine forth, develop, recover from fear, worry, or illness.

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