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Embracing Aloha ‘Āina: Sustaining Hawaii’s World

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Bethany Hamilton Sustainable Living ©BethanyHamilton

Amidst the breathtaking beauty of Hawaii’s stunning beaches and lush landscapes, my heart finds a profound connection to this island paradise. As I reflect upon the cherished tale of “The Wump World,” its message echoes the delicate state of our environment here.

Have you ever read the Bill Peat book, “The Wump World”?

It’s a really great one that we like to read to our boys! The sweet goat-like animals called the Wumps have a peaceful life eating bumbershoots and sipping from pristine streams. That is, until the Pollutions come along and destroy the Wumps’ beautiful world and just about all of their bumbershoot trees. Eventually the Pollutions leave to destroy a new planet… and there’s not much good left for the Wumps.

This captivating story resonates with me, reminding me of the interplay between humanity and nature, echoing Hawaii’s cultural connection to the land.

Aloha ‘Āina and Hawaii’s Precious Ecosystems

The Aloha Spirit in Hawaii fosters a deep love and respect for our environment, but we’re not immune to environmental challenges.

Well, I feel like mankind is a bit like the Pollutions… just destroying the planet! If you’re paying even a slight bit of attention you’re likely hearing a lot about environmental issues. And while I’m not sure all of the claims are efficacious, I believe some are no doubt a problem! For instance, all the plastic trash in the ocean. It’s absolutely awful. Or just start paying attention to how much trash your household puts out… it’s kinda wild!

Living Sustainably: One ‘Ohana at a Time

Inspired by my love for Hawaii and our cherished family traditions, we embark on a journey of sustainable living. United as ‘ohana (family), we embrace homesteading practices, cultivating our own food, and nurturing fruit trees, paying homage to our island’s bounties.

My family and I went to a homesteading conference last year and it was so inspiring. From the time I was a young girl, I had the desire to grow much of my own food.

Connecting with Nature through Homesteading

My adult dream is to grow around 30% of our food. And if you’ve been following me online, you see us posting about our chickens, our fruit trees, composting, gardening and more! It’s been so rewarding, yet challenging too! And we are just dabbling at this point!

Bravo to those out there really doing it!!! We just harvested our first coconuts after waiting about six or seven years!!! It was a celebration that’s for sure!!

The Power of Sustainable Living

I believe sustainable living is hands down the best thing you can do for the environment and it’s epic for your health – in my opinion!

Sustainable living doesn’t mean you have to make crazy life changes tomorrow. But you can at least educate yourself and explore ways you can bring health, vibrance, and overall live a more sustainable life!

The spirit of Aloha ‘Āina propels us to empower change through knowledge. I invite you to explore sustainable living options, from cultivating micro-gardens to discovering the healing properties of food. Every mindful choice brings us closer to safeguarding our Wump-like world.

I’m reminded of our collective responsibility to sustain our island paradise. Let’s infuse the Aloha Spirit into our actions and be the change we wish to see in our Wump World. With every step towards sustainability, we honor our cherished culture, protect our pristine ecosystems, and ensure a flourishing future for our island home. Aloha Nui Loa!

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