Self-Care and Ohana on the Big Island

Around the world, travel has slowed and limitations on free movement have been imposed to stop the spread of COVID-19. For our global team of Experience Curators in particular, life has gotten increasingly quieter, providing us with meaningful time to reflect on what travel — and more specifically – what our regional locales really mean to us.

This week, we are on the stunning shores of Hawaii’s Big Island, with Hoku, our Hawaii-based Experience Curator. What is usually a busy season for Hoku has become a time for self-care and connecting with family and reflection amongst her tranquil surroundings.
Here is Hoku’s new everyday life:

Hoku Lai

Hawaii Experience Curator

Aloha, from Hawaii!

I feel like one of the lucky ones at the moment because we recently just had a wonderful family at our Hualalai property and so I was busy taking care of them and ensuring they have everything they need to have a great trip! They arrived just before the quarantine was established and departed on April 4th. However, given the circumstances, it is not as busy as it usually is this season. In my newfound down time, I have been taking the time to spend more quality time with my sons and focus on self priorities. Daily walks in the coffee lands, night fishing (I love being able to catch fish to fry for dinner) and of course, lots of board games and movie nights! My youngest son is kept busy with online schoolwork and science projects (his favorite!).

Catching up with family has become one of my biggest priorities throughout this. I’ve been visiting my mom and helping her walk the dog, along with gardening and yard work. We also welcomed a new baby boy, my new nephew, into the ohana on March 24th! I am so sad that I am not able to see him, so we make sure to FaceTime daily to check in with each other. I have two sons that are currently stuck in Oahu with their father. We are hoping they can get back to the Big Island in the next week or so! I know they are safe staying home and social distancing.

It will be a very quiet April for me. I plan to work on the landscape and detail the fine interior of Cuvée’s Hualalai property. What I miss the most is creating Cuvée experiences with families, teaching them to Hula, and building relationships with them, too. I can’t wait until this is over and we’ll be able to start welcoming the families with our warmest ALOHA!

This time of year is typically one of my favorites for guests to visit! An abundance of beautiful, warm, sunny weather, countless ocean activities, golfing, beach trips and great Farmers Markets with fresh fruit and vegetables. One thing to look forward to, in particular, are all my favorite spring events that have been postponed: Kona Brewfest, Kokua Kailua Village Stroll, Merrie Monarch Festival, etc!

I look forward to welcoming you to Hawaii very soon!