Over the years Joel has frequented the Islands of Tahiti many many times, along with his father Terry Fitzgerald, and brother Kye Fitzgerald the three have made very dear friends and unforgettable memories. Summing up a these memories or trips into words is near impossible. As is the case with a trip that Joel and I took to Tahiti last year.
Words do little to communicate or encapsulate the Majesty and true beauty of Tahiti or her people. It is a feeling. The connection to the land and culture is still very much alive. Everything is still Wild and alive there, one false move and you could lose your head. Lose your self in the beauty of the sea, the outer reefs and underwater caves, the rich abundance of fish, fresh fruits, beautiful tan Polynesian skin, smiles, crispy bread sticks, Tahitian limes, hand painted sarongs, colorful music, Polynesian music, tribal ink, rhythmic drums, hips hitting the beats, volcanic craters, coral gardens, cool mountain breezes, sweet smells of the rainforests and the tastes of raw natural beauty, the nectar of life just oozes out of everything and you can’t help but be in it.
Easy on the eyes, heart, and spirit, Tahiti is. Yet it is like all places of power, an place of reverence, where respect and honor play a vital role in everyday life. Tahitians are strong and proud people. They are creative, intelligent, free spirited people with a keen intuition. In Tahiti as in Hawaii (from my expediences) you must be honest and pay your respects. Otherwise mother Nature, the powers that be and your own karma will put you in your place, pull you up on your distructive behaviors and demand an answer. No easy outs. Yet forgiveness is ever present and part and parcel with the territory.
As our divine Creator had it, on this special journey to these sacred isles, Joel and I were taken in by a wonderful Tahitian family, Ralph and Cathy Ho. With a mix decent and direct relative to Michale and Derek Ho in Hawaii, Cathy is a beautiful and talented Tahitian woman. Her aloha is second to none and genuine smile melts away barriers. Cathy makes one of a kind hand crafted jewelry and unique carvings from shells, bone, and home grown black Tahitian Pearls cultivated by her husband. Ralph is the epitome of grace and strength, a true gentlemen and an outstanding waterman. He is a leader and in times past would have been a chief.
Ralph and Cathy took us in, shepherded us, shared their home, beautiful family, meals and lives with us. Joel and I had the time of our own lives with them and will never ever forget their generosity and friendship. They saved us from the pension, the express packaged experience we may have had and opened our eyes and souls to the real Tahitian way. We decided to stay on our new Ohana’s island for longer then originally planned, we did not take any photos of the surf in respect to their wishes and way. The only photos we did take in the surf were on an island well known for its surf, with spots already on the ‘map’. The photo’s below help to share what we were blessed with. Our deepest gratitude goes out to Cathy, Ralph and family. Me Ke Aloha, with our Love xx
All photos by and copy righted by Chrystal Dawn and Joel Fitzgerald.