One of the most divine places I’ve ever been to was Hawaii. I spent 2 months living there a few years ago.

I initially thought that I’d want to live there longer, but it wasn’t practical because there’s not a lot of work there.

I lived on the Big Island. Many people don’t know that Hawaii is made up of a bunch of islands.

I think only about 6 of them are actually inhabited by people. Some of the islands are national protected ground.

I worked at the coolest kava and kombucha bar.

It was called La Hiki Ola Kava Bar in Pahoa, Big Island.

Kava is a type of herbal drink that gives you the feeling of being drunk, without drinking any alcohol.

Kombucha is a fermented tea. Both kava and kombucha take time to get used to.

They aren’t for everyone due to their peculiar tastes.

I was working with my sister, who was the kombucha and kava maker. She’d make it all from scratch.

Upstairs was the brewery and downstairs was the bar. It was a beautiful place to work in.

The view from the brewery was fields and palm trees. Living on the island was like something out of a picture.

Sometimes, I’d serve the drinks, other times, I’d clean the equipment in the brewery.

It wasn’t the most glamorous job, but it was easy. I also had very flexible hours.

In my free time, I’d spend a lot of time at the warm ponds in Kapoho.

It was this giant warm pool that was made and heated from melted lava.

You could see the ocean from there because the water from the ocean would go over the wall and splash into the warm ponds.

I’d snorkel there sometimes because there would be beautiful fish in the ponds. The warm ponds were surrounded by tall palm trees.

It was magnificent.

I’d also spend time at the Cinderland Eco Village in Pahoa.

They would have weekly taco nights.

The food was delicious and the atmosphere was amazing. You’d wake up and take a coconut off the tree, cut it open and eat it for breakfast.

Sometimes, we’d go down to the farmers market, buy fresh papaya, cut it in half, and then devour it.

You gotta experience it to understand the feeling of that sort of happiness.

The Tin Shack Bakery was also one of our favorites.

My sister and I would go there, order a loaded vegan bagel, and dig in.

Tin Shack had amazing pastries, coffee, and pretty much any food you wanted, all made vegan.

We always left full but wanting more because the food was so good.

My sister and I lived in an old Volkswagen bus in the middle of the jungle 7 miles from the closest town.

We didn’t have any power, water, cell phone service, or wifi.

We lived completely off the grid.

It was a unique way of living.

A lot of people in Pahoa were vegans. Including my sister Malia Howell and myself.

We’d make most things from scratch, like vegan chocolate pudding made with avocados straight from the tree.

If that’s not living in paradise, then I do not know what is.

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