It's amazing. Just like I thought it would be. It's more jungly and country than I thought and not nearly as overrun with tourists and resorts as I pictured.
I'm learning a lot and have already realized that I know VERY little about most anything having to do with farming, cooking, or being of nature in any way. So, I'm soaking things in, asking questions, and trying to let my knowledge grow.
It feels like a vacation so far - we harvest coffee beans on Friday for about 5 hours and then a big rainstorm came through so we called it a day. Tomorrow will begin a full work week, so I'll get the feel for being a bonified farmer a little more this week. Yay! So far it's felt more like a vacation - went to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau (Place of Refuge) on Saturday and did some snorkling. AMAZING. Wow. Beautiful coral and fish and turtles. Wow.
And today we went to a Hookena Beach and it had black sand which is hot hot hot. We brought the snorkle gear and did some more snorkling, but it wasn't quite as beautiful as the day before (can you believe I can say things like that?). The sun is my frenemy, so I'm trying to embrace it and let it embrace me without it burning my very pale and freckly skin.
The family is incredible. So kind and warm and they have 3 nutso kids, but they are sweet and bubbly. But also intensely wild at the same time. The littlest one has this curly white blonde hair and the best imagination ever. He's pretty stinkin' cute.
I'll try to get my head out of the clouds and write more things down to share with you all soon!