Well on the second saturday after starting our DTS here in Kona, the Compassion DTS (my one) moved up to our more permanent home, the Island Breeze Makapala Retreat Center. Makapala is a tiny collection of houses on the north shore of the Big Island, in the area called Kohala. It's a stunningly beautiful area, where they are rumored to have filmed Jurassic Park, etc, as you can see from these photos...
Island Breeze are a YWAM ministry that are dedicated to redeeming the cultures of the world, and bringing them to Jesus, without losing the things that identify that culture. This is their base, from where they go all over the world sharing the gospel through their own island culture. They do the hula, fire eating, and stuff. Very impressive! The site in Makapala is old and decrepit, but stunningly beautiful! It's a mile from the ocean, and is lush with palm trees, bushes, elephant grass, etc etc. You can get an idea of what some of the site looks like from the picture on the right.
I get to stay with Steve Shin, a Korean/Canadian, an over the past few weeks we've had a lot of fun getting to know each other. Our house is full of termites, and we're always trying to keep the dust off things - all part of the Hawaiian experience I suppose!
About 2 miles from our base is the first big valley of the Kohala coastline, called Pololu. You get to it by a road which stops at the top of a cliff, maybe 400 feet up, and then you weave your way down the cliff on a steep path through the jungle, to the black sand beach at the bottom. The sea is totally treacherous, but the first time we went down we had to go in. The water's so warm and the waves are powerful! (Since then we found out another YWAMer drowned there last year, and so we aren't going to swim there anymore out of respect for our school leaders).
Makapala is a wonderful place to have the DTS. There is always a quiet place to be found to spend time with the Lord, and because we're about 3 miles from the n earest town, and we have no transport, there's basically nothing to do except for our scheduled stuff and spending time getting to know each other and God. It really has turned out to be such an amazing blessing that we ended up there! We as a school are so thankful to God for the way he engineered that!
Hope you all like the pitures, click on them if you want them larger.