*This is not about cats that poop out delicious coffee!!
– The preface of my Hawaii travel series Coffee and Cats
– A dear dairy of my 2 months stay on the Big Island, Hawaii
– A city girl going through her so called transformation in the Kona coffee farm
– Well, more like hanging out with cats
– and learning her way around a kitchen
– Okkkey enough sub-titles
Aloha from Hawaii! (I can already feel the jealous eye-rolls and shades throwing at my way). Don’t worry! My life is not just about sun-kissed tan and shirtless surf boys. I am currently volunteering at a coffee farm through this website called Workaway. This website connects volunteers with hosts around the world. Volunteers can stay with the locals and help out for few hours a day in exchange for food and accommodation. Volunteer term can last from few days to few months. This is a great cultural learning opportunity and you can make an impact on the community you are visiting.
Now back to me! Why did I pick Hawaii? I mean it is Hawaii, not really the hardest decision to make. But I do have 3 major reasons:
I see these 2 months as a personal skill growth opportunity, or my stamp card to achieve the true Seattle coffee snob gold status. 3 years ago I was a passive coffee drinker; a year ago I was a shitty coffee maker; but now I am a humble semi-coffee farmer. I want to know the life of a coffee bean. I want to appreciate the taste of coffee instead of see it as a beverage that will get me through the day and makes me pee a lot.
For the people on the main land, Hawaii has always been viewed as the dream honeymoon location. The place that will make you want to wear a coconut bra in public and hula your way around the town. Simply put – a beautiful paradise. Not to break apart this idealized image of Hawaii, but I do feel like there is more to this place than just an island where you get the temporary Aloha Spirit. I want to disguise myself with a great tan in order to mingle among the locals, and see the island from their point of views.
Food in general is the foundation of my existence. Can I learn how to make the Kalua Pork and Macaroni salad that have been my comfort food ever since college? Can I make a Spam Musubi with avocado, bacon and egg? Can I make the bomb diggity Macadamia chocolate chip cookies? YAS YAS AND YAAAAAAAS. I am here to learn, to eat and to have multiple food babies.
Before I start writing new travel stories about Hawaii, it is crucial for yall to meet all the people & fur animals I have to deal with everryday. With 17 cats, 2 dogs, multiple humans, life can be challenging.
Now present to you Mama’s Kona Coffee Farm
– This is not your typical family. It is made up with dream chasers, free-spirit travelers, animal lovers, happy wonders, and all kind of fluffiness all day everrrday.
The CATS (Click on the image to enlarge)
*Lily and Michelle do not own these cats (except Anu & Scamper)
Kittens pictures can’t stop and wont stop here, I will make sure to spread them in all future Hawaii related posts.
Now you have got a semi-preview of the family tree, stay tuned for my Hawaii adventures!