Look With More Than Just Your Eyes
This "fire" came from an immersive 4D experience called â€œHawaiian Journeyâ€, which included a short film on a massive IMAX screen, with moving chairs and mist-spraying backseat covers.
During the film, I felt like I was sitting infront of my ancestors, listening to their stories about the importance of passing down vital knowledge from generation after generation.
(For many indigenous cultures, this oratory practice is quite â€œnormalâ€, yet it [face-to-face storytelling] is something that is slowly slipping away in todayâ€™s hyper-connected, increasingly digital world.)
As I was visually transported through dizzying canyons, penetrating lava tubes and crashing shorelines, a part of me was whisked away to a past-life where nothing else mattered but family (ohana), friends and the protection of sacred lands. I felt like I was exactly where I needed to be.
Then, the narrator of the story uttered these words:
"If you want to know who you are, look to the land for answers. But don't just look, look with more than just your eyes."
To me, this meant reconnecting with my "home" (physical land or region of birth) and then learning to look beyond just the physical. What are the light and dark sides of my Polynesian ancestry? What inspiration can I draw to guide me into the next phase of my life? Am I still on the right path?
All these questions, ideas and words, became a guiding light for the rest of my trip.