Aloha from Maui!
I'm on vacation with my husband Pascal in tiny, historic Paia in Maui, land of near-daily rainbows, preternaturally green foliage so lush your eyes can't quite believe it. Yesterday we joined lots of other nature lovers, who made their way over to the Twin Falls--a popular landmark on the road to Hana--where, on the short hikes to two breathtaking waterfalls, we passed a shockingly huge grouping of bamboo trees that sounded like members of a BIG band had to be hiding somewhere inside them. Nature is crazy amazing!
Paia is also a go-to spot for kite surfing, of which Pascal is an enthusiast (no kite-surfing for me, thank you; swimming, hanging, reading, walking and napping on the beach is more my speed!). As it happens, we ended up in a surf shop so Pascal could pick up some important piece of gear he'd forgotten in LA. Unfortunately they had cute things in there for women too, so as I was looking through the racks, trying to talk myself out of a had-to-have summer top, I looked over at the young woman next to me, and what did I see? Fabulous henna on her hand!
"Nice design!" I said. "Did you get it done here in Paia?"
"I did it myself," she said, smiling.
"Wow! You're a really good artist!" I said. "Where did you find the henna?"
"I bought a kit in one of the stores here," she said.
"Really? What did the kit look like? Was it a yellow box with a hand on it?"
"Yes, it was!" she said.
"That's our kit!" I said, trying not to jump up and down with excitement. Then Pascal walked by, and I said, "Look! she did that design with our kit!" And he turned to her and said:
"You got great color. Where did you buy your kit?"
You can tell where this is going. He asked her all the same questions I had already asked. She was super nice and kept smiling, but I could tell she was thinking, Ok, can I get back to my shopping now? So, I decided not to ask if I could take a picture of her beautiful henna tattoo, although now, I wish I had.
As I walked away, I thought about how, wherever I go, I run into our Earth Henna Temporary Tattoo Kits, which is so cool. The beautiful feeling behind henna--that it brings love, luck and prosperity, and that it is believed to be infused with the blessing of the saints--is so in keeping with a place like Hawaii. Aloha is a greeting, which has come to be used for both hello and good-bye here. But in the Hawaiian language, aloha means affection, peace, compassion and mercy. So, in closing, I remind you to practice your henna, and practice aloha!