March has come in like a lion, at least to our tropical sensibilities, with temperatures in the 60s, something we are not used to here on Kauai.
As we dig out our winter hoodies & extra blankets for the bed, we are surrounded by hints of Spring everywhere we look. The plumerias are just beginning to bud & the pastures are green, the animals still in their winter coats. (Yes, even here on Kauai, our horses & donkeys also don their winter wear.) It is the season of lambing, the season of renewal, the time when new life springs forth & we think of the glory of creation.
We are looking forward to the Spring here at Makanalani. A chance to meet new friends as groups of young people start to arrive, & to get together with old acquaintances. To think that the children who were here last year are now a year older, perhaps, in some cases, on the cusp of adulthood. And we meditate on why we do what we do; on why Makanalani is important. More than anything else, it is this renewal — that each new generation has a chance to learn, to experience, to know the power & grace of nature & God directly, & to take these revelations into their hearts & out into the world, where they can work to make it a better place.
We are less than a month away from Easter, the day for Christians that most embodies resurrection, renewal, & the hope for better things for all of the children of the world. We at Makanalani would like to take this opportunity to give our heartfelt thanks to everyone, whether participant or sponsor, who have made our dream possible.