This second time to Maui, we knew better what to expect. The weather was just right, as we stepped outside the Kahului airport and took a deep breath of the fresh tropical air. Awaiting our arrival was the Dragon Wagon, a run down hippie van full of farmers, backpackers, travelers, and vagabonds like ourselves! This group of farmers called themselves the Good Vibe Tribe, and they quickly welcomed us into their circle and carried us away to our next adventure!
We arrived at the farm just before sunset and played frisbee in the giant infinity lawn overlooking the entire coast of Maui! All about were steep green points and an endless panorama of blue. There was nothing to block my view of the ocean. The vastness hit me like a punch in the stomach. It's hard to imagine a prettier view, radiant white clouds beginning to light up in the fathomless dome of delicate pale blue as the sun set over Lanai. The wind was beginning to soften to a tuneful breeze. It was the dawn of a beautiful day in the Pacific Ocean.
Gazebo for tours
The Dragon Wagon
View from our cabin
Inside of our cabin
Mountain view of the farm
Ocean view of the farm
View of Lanai from the farm
Beautiful plumerias that outline the driveway
View from infinity lawn and hibiscus flowers
Paradise lawn where weddings take place
Storm over Lanai
Queen Cat- Sparkle
Greg and Sparkle
Fields of Dragon Fruit that had to be weeded everyday!
Our first week on the farm, we prepared a large plot of land for a brand new field to grow dragon fruit. First, we flattened the earth with laborious hours on heavy machinery. Then, we dug hundreds of deep holes to place 10 foot wooden posts in, which we later packed and re-packed with lots of dirt. I've thrown more boulders than I can count, and have learned a blister can form quickly. The majority of the time, I was scheduled to weed, water plants, and mow the two lawns while Greg got stuck doing construction everyday on the new Field 4. To our dismay, we arrived to find out it wasn't dragon fruit season and that we had just missed it. So instead of spending our days knee deep in dirt, gardening and pollenating delicious fruit, like we were so excited to do, we got stuck hands deep in thorns, red ants, and giant centipedes! And we can't forget the 7 foot tall cane grass that puts splinters all over your body!
Step 1: Preparing the land
Step 2: Digging Holes for Posts
Step 3: Placing Posts
Step 4: Removing all the big boulders for irrigation
Fields 3 and 4
But it wasn't all bad, we met some really awesome people made some unforgettable experiences and were blessed with free food and an awesome cabin with one of the best views of Maui! Every day at sunset I'd enjoy my meal as I'd watch the sun's descent in a cloudless sky. At night the vault of the world was magnificently tinted and the stars were eager to participate. A zip line and giant aqua ball course were provided for tourists that some of the farmers got to work for extra money, but we got to use them anytime we wanted! Although we didn't get to pollenate any fruit, we did get to try a few and boy were they delicious! Fresh papaya, apple bananas, pineapple, and the occasion dragon fruit were growing at our fingertips! In the evening when it was quiet and all you could hear were the whining horses at the stables next door, and you could see more stars than you've ever imagined, it's really quite marvelous. And then you wake up, and the sun paints another incredible picture for you.
Our days after the farm were spent exploring all the parts of the island we didn't get to see the first time around and working 2-3 days a week at a restaurant and cafe. Our home was the back of an SUV that we turned into a bed. For 3 months, we bathed in our swimsuits at the public showers on the beach, had no kitchen, no source of power and ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the dark. We had a house on wheels and could wake up in a different place every morning. One day we'd be swimming with turtles and the next we'd be deep in the rain forest jumping off waterfalls. There were definitely rough days, especially when it rained, but these are the reasons I travel, to experience life on my own terms. I don't want to look back and not have stories to tell. Life is short, we only get to live once, and I want to look back and say I did crazy things.