Garden Island July 7, 2011 by Shiva Rose Blessings from the Garden Isle July 7, 2011 I first came to Kauai when I was fourteen with my good friend Mary Bullis and her surfer father. Way back then (it was in the mid 1980's) Kauai seemed like a frontier town. I remember just one restaurant in the town of Hanalei, where the wood plank floors were covered with sawdust. Even at that young age, as soon as I felt the trade winds blowing I felt some sort of peace I couldn't identify. That Mana or energy is what keeps me coming back again and again. This trip has been about healing my heart. It hasn't been all rainbows, though I have seen a few incredible ones. As the weather fluctuates between storms and sunshine, it seems so does my mood. The highlight has been swimming in the deep blue mother sea, and picking up a couple of love struck hitchhikers from the Czech Republic. Seeing their awe at the green scenery made me take in the miracles all the more. (It seems they appreciate singing John Denver in the car in the Republic too!) The Hawaiians leave flowers by the roadside for any one to take. They leave a little box for a donation, but the beauty of their generosity and trusting spirit says a lot. Come and discover the bounty of the farmer's markets and the jewels of the sea Sunrise shells. The Garden Isle awaits . . . Aloha.