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It’s Sunday night before our first day of our month long Yoga Teacher Training!! My boyfriend Dusty and I decided to do the training together, so we’ve packed our lunches and figured out arrangements for our son to be dropped off and picked up from Sunset Beach Elementary school for the week. Whew! Here we go. It’ll be an intense month of learning, juggling and fun!! Hopefully we’ll squeeze in a few surf sessions in the weeks ahead.

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Dusty and I decided that this is going to be an amazing training for many reasons:
-it’s a simple 5 minute car ride from our humble hale on the North Shore
-2 of our favorite teachers from North Shore are co-teaching
-apparently there will be scholars from all different fields coming to educate us in their specialties
- and it’ll be a great learning and bonding experience for both of us.
- my parents are flying over from the mainland to help care for our son. Thanks Mom and Dad!

And what’s even more amazing is how much yoga has changed my life in the last few years. I’ve only been practicing about 7 years. I started taking yoga fairly regularly when I was pregnant with my son. At that point I was 24 years old and I found a pre-natal class that was appealing. I never considered it a goal of mine to become a yoga teacher; it just kind of happened.

I found myself in India in Feb 2013 for my first yoga teacher training. I really just wanted to immerse myself and dedicate myself to yoga more because I saw how much better of a person, a mother, a partner, daughter, sister and friend I was because of my yoga practice.
Upon returning home to Hawaii, Dusty and I opened up our first retail boutique and yoga studio in April 2013. It has been a busy year to say the least! I’m proud to say that we are celebrating our One Year Anniversary at the studio in 2 weeks! We have quality teachers that offer a variety of classes to the community here on the North Shore, we feature local artists and designers, the best bookshelf in our small town, and the vibe at our studio makes you want to hang out and talk story all day.

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And I LOVE teaching yoga! I am excited to learn with my boyfriend and to deepen our practice together. I think Dusty will be an excellent teacher and an excellent role model to men around the world. I feel like it will be a wonderful bonding experience and I am open to all of the lessons to help us deepen our connection. This is going to be better than I can even imagine!

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One of my 5 year old son’s favorite snacks are fruit leathers–they are basically homemade fruit roll-ups. They are a great heatlhy snack and super easy to make. They don’t have any chemical preservatives or artificial sugars and they still taste delicious!
This week I went on a hike with my boyfriend Dusty and my friend Lisa (and her 2 dogs) and we found tons of lilikoi! So we had an abundance of ripe delicious lilikoi that inspired the idea to make a batch of fruit leathers.
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We attend our local farmer’s market every week in Waimea Valley (check out their website here: www.HaleiwaFarmersMarket.com.) We purchased a jackfruit from our farmer friend Lyndee.  Jackfruit is a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, manganese, and iron- all essential nutrients to maintain a healthy body system.
Jackfruit FUN FACT: It has been reported that jackfruit is the secret ingredient to the flavor Juicy Fruit gum!!
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A look at the inside of the jackfruit.
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Jackfruit on the tree.
 
We also purchased a couple of hands of ripe bananas at the market.  A lot times our local farmers have an excess of ripe bananas and so we are able to get the bananas for a really good price. If we don’t buy them, they might go to waste since they are already yellow with brown spots.
 
Fruit Leather Preparation:
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First Aukai helped peel the bananas while I got all of the pulp and seeds out of the jackfruit and lilikoi.
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 We mixed all the fruit in our blender until it was smoothie consistency.
Of course Aukai had to sample it to make sure it tasted good!
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We then spread it out on a piece of parchment paper on a dehydrator tray.
We made a few batches of smoothie, so we had quite a few trays filled up, and we placed them in the dehydrator at 105 degrees for 16 hours. (If you make your own at home, when you take the trays out of the dehydrator, be sure that there are no sticky or soft spots in the fruit leather. You will want to make sure that the liquid has dried all the way.)
And VOILA!! Homemade fruit leather yumminess!!
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    We cut up the fruit leather into strips for good snacks for the kids (and adults too!). They will last about a month in an air-tight container on the counter OR in the freezer for about a year, but we usually eat them within about 2 weeks because they are so delicious. They are also a great gift to friends with kids!
    I love making fruit leathers with my son, because he gets to be involved in the creative process of preparing food that he gets to enjoy! He also loves the responsibility of being a wonderful helper which I think is super important for the development of young children.
    I hope you enjoyed learning about our fruit leather adventure! I encourage you to get creative and have some fun with all different kinds of fruit!
    Please feel free to email me with any questions: NoelaniLove@gmail.com

Tonight, August 6th, marks the new moon in Leo. From my favorite mystical readings at http://www.MysticMamma.com, I’ve read that this moon represents a chance for all of us to come into our power, to explore our hearts truest desires, and to have faith that these visions that we are having of our future are possible and to keep on.Image

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How does this New Moon concern me?  Well, I’ve been challenged for sure in many ways over the last 4 months, as I’ve opened my own yoga studio and retail shop in Haleiwa town. This wasn’t a part of my plan…nothing really is anyway.  I’ve started to put intentions out into the universe with the bigger intention of allowing everything to flow in the best way possible.  When I returned from my Kundalini Yoga teacher training in India at the end of February, I had some intention of opening up a retail shop in Haleiwa to feature my jewelry. Little did I know that I would be opening up a yoga studio and inviting many of my favorite teachers and friends to teach classes and sell their products in this space. And little did I know that I would have such a great, supportive team of 6 wonderful female employees to help everything move in the right direction with great customer service, hard work and creative efficiency. Nor did I know that my handsome boyfriend would be so excited to demolish an old Pizza Hut from the inside out and create a whole new look and feel of the space. It’s been truly amazing!

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I guess for me for this upcoming Lunar Cycle, there are many dreams and visions to move forward with. I’d really like to start blogging and sharing my life with my fans and supporters. I know there is much that I have learned in my life that I would love to share with everyone! In the astral insight readings from MysticMamma.com, I see that it is especially important to shine from our hearts our truest passions and that if we do, we will succeed. I know it sounds cliche, but it’s so true:

“Shine your light. Don’t hide your truth. Share what you have learned with others. Teach what you know. We teach what we have learned in life. Your life lessons make you experts and Self-masters, when you use painful experiences for your growth…”
Be who you truly are. Be who you came to earth to be during her transition home. You are a Shining Star. You are the Sun Center of your universe. You are creating your reality. You are a powerful creator.”
“Live from your heart then you will be Authentic Love. You can have abundance, love and fulfillment.” – Kelley Rosano

So here I go, sharing my story!

One of my deepest passions is Natural Childbirth, and I’d like to move forward in educating women about the empowering experience of birthing naturally. My son was born at our home at Sunset Beach, and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Although it was, of course, challenging, after 19 or so hours of labor, when I pushed this little mammal out of my vagina, I remember thinking, “I could do that 10 million more times! How amazing that I just created this little being!! What a blessing!”  And my body was pumping with the natural hormone released during childbirth, called oxytocin. And my little man Aukai was so happy and so cozy in our little home. He was never taken away from me, but simply handed to me by my midwife, Dr. Lori Kimata, who caught him and passed him up into my arms, umbilical cord connected and everything. He didn’t make a peep, just looked at me with those little blue eyes. And I held him close, so proud. Then I realized I didn’t know if it was a boy or a girl…so I held him out and saw that he was a boy. That’s when he let out a little whimper, so I pulled him in close to my breast.  Pure happiness.

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Every woman deserves a chance to birth her child in her own power and as she desires.  Birthing babies is a part of the natural human process. Birth is not an emergency and does not need to be treated like an emergency, unless there are complications. Complications usually only occur when there is intervention. Women have been having babies for centuries without drugs and without hospitals. Hospitals are great in the event of an emergency, but again birth is a normal physiological process and can be amazing!!!

If you are interested in learning more about natural birth and hearing more about my amazing experience, please join me and 2 naturopathic doctors, (Dr. Lori Kimata (midwife) and Dr. Ye Nguyen (doula)) on Aug. 24 from 11am-2pm at the North Shore Women’s Expo at the Martell Home on the North Shore. Please email me for details: NoelaniLove@gmail.com

You’ve heard rumors…and it’s true!  We’ve opened up a shop in Haleiwa town! We are located right across the parking lot from the post office, behind the HE>I shop.

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Here’s all the details: We are open Mon-Fri from 10-6 and Saturdays 10-5, closed on Sundays.

Our entire jewelry collection is available here to view.  We are your one-stop shop for all of your jewelry needs- we can also do customizations upon request (there might be a small fee depending on the customization.)

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I am excited to be carrying Tiare Hawaii clothing (I LOVE and live in these clothes-pajamas, beach, work and play!). They are so feminine, comfortable, beachy and elegant–perfect for every occasion.

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We just brought in handmade cutting boards from local woodcrafter Jennifer Homcy. She uses all reclaimed wood from local trees such as koa, milo, mango, shower tree and more.  We love the HEART cutting board! So cute for a gathering with the ladies or a date night at home with your honey!
We are carrying local products such as Indigenous Soaps
(made by my good friend Love Chance) as well as lip balm by “Homemade by Husak”. Both of these are local companies and they use all natural products with no chemical preservatives and are super healthy for our bodies!
We will continue to add more local products from North Shore natives and other local companies. We hope you can stop in for all your personal or gift needs! (We have gift boxes available).
Hope to see you all soon!!
Love,
Noelani

 

 

 

 

You’ve been waiting, and I’ve been settling in so nicely to my island life and home.  Thank you everyone for your support during my soul-searching journey, and thank you for your patience as I prepare this blog.

Although I enjoyed my travels immensely, I am so grateful to be back on the North Shore after 5 weeks away from my home and family, and everything that I know to be so comfortable and love.

I went to India for 4 weeks to study kundalini yoga (the yoga of awareness) at an ashram in with many master teachers and 153 students from 29 different countries. We had an amazing time learning the philosophy of yoga and how to teach kundalini yoga.  I have many photos and stories to share, so  I am going to just share some of my adventures a little bit at a time so that it is not overwhelming.

We stayed in the small town of Rishikesh, nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas.  It was a beautiful town, well known for its yoga community, great shopping and delicious Indian and Ayurvedic food.  There were monkeys in the trees and elephants in the hills.  The Ganges River is relatively clean in Rishikesh, as it flows freshly from the snow of the Himalayan Mountains.  We bathed in the river, also known as the Mata Ganga (Mother Ganges) at 3:30 AM a handful of times before our morning sadhana (daily meditation) at 4AM. It felt refreshing and was a powerful way to start the day, getting our blood circulating quickly and activating our glandular system.

Myself and Erica enjoying the beauty, power and grace of the Ganges River.

Myself and Erica enjoying the beauty, power and grace of the Ganges River.

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One of the exciting things I did while I was in India (besides lots of yoga) was to touch a cobra snake.  I was shopping for some gifts when I saw a snake charmer on the street in Delhi.  He told me his father had taken the venom out of its fangs after he found the cobra in the jungle.  The snake was being handled by the charmer and it didn’t seem bothered, so I gave it a try…

Click HERE to watch the video.  Enjoy the video, filmed by my travel companion and fellow yogini, Erica Jago!  

ALOHA friends and beloved ones! I’ve just returned from my travels to India, and am excited to begin sharing my new knowledge and practice of Kundalini Yoga, as well as Pregnancy Yoga! I’ve been inspired by travel and soul-searching, evident in new jewelry designs and songs.

Join me every Thursday at the Haleiwa Farmer’s Market in Waimea Valley from 3-7 to view the latest designs, and listen to Hawaiian Music. Emilia, my lovely sister, is traveling this week, but will be back on the stage with me next week!

I look forward to seeing you all. Keep checking in for a new blog with photos and stories from my travels.

New Designs today at the Haleiwa Farmer's Market!

Join us for live Hawaiian music tonight from 6-7PM, also at the market!

Join us for live Hawaiian music tonight from 6-7PM, also at the market!

Shell Hunting Time!

The waves have come and gone on the North Shore this past week. With the waves come plenty of beautiful shells, and with a flat ocean, it means it’s time for shell hunting! Aukai and I decided to go for a swim and see what treasures we could find.

 

I love the juxtaposing smells of the ocean and my little man…Salty and Sweet!

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