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Highland Student Missions

Serving In Hawaii
January 30, 2022
Community: Kauai
Partner: Kaapa Seventh Day Adventist Church, Lawai Valley Seventh Day Adventist Church
Staff: Carissa Hildebrandt, Olivia Dixon, Morgan Shepherd

We Made it to Hawaii!

by Morgan Shepherd | January 31, 2022 1:32 AM

We arrived safely in Kauai! We are very excited for our week and a half of serving this beautiful community!

We Made it to Hawaii!

Supper & Sunsets

by Morgan Shepherd | January 31, 2022 1:38 AM

What’s the first thing to do in Hawaii? Go to the ocean! We ate some dinner and got to enjoy a beautiful sunset over the water!

Supper & Sunsets

Going Gardening

by Morgan Shepherd | February 1, 2022 2:29 AM

Something we have learned about Hawaii is that it is customary to refer to others as Uncle or Auntie as a sign of respect, similar to using Mr. and Mrs. We were able to practice this today as we got to help Uncle Paul and Auntie Sandy in their garden. 

Going Gardening

Gardening for Everyone

by Morgan Shepherd | February 1, 2022 2:36 AM

Since retiring, Uncle Paul and Auntie Sandy have devoted their time to this garden and to teaching school kids how to cultivate the land and grow produce. As we worked on many projects like edging, weeding, and creating new spaces to plant in, the young children arrived and also got right to work on their rows. 
Gardening for Everyone

Clearing Out and Cleaning Up

by Morgan Shepherd | February 1, 2022 2:40 AM

We cleared out many new spaces to plant in which means lots of grass and weeds were added to the compost pile!
Clearing Out and Cleaning Up

Taste and See that the Lord is Good

by Morgan Shepherd | February 1, 2022 2:49 AM

When our gardening jobs were complete, Uncle Paul took us on a fruit-tasting adventure. We explored some of his land that has an abundance of fruit trees which we could just pick from.

Uncle Paul showed us many fruits we have never heard of or tried before like finger lime, milk apple, and tangelo. We marveled at all of these fruit trees and it felt like we were given a glimpse of what the Garden of Eden was like.

Taste and See that the Lord is Good

Flyers & Prayers

by Morgan Shepherd | February 1, 2022 3:01 AM

In the afternoon, we met up with Pastor Jaimie (in Hawaiian it’s pronounced hi-may) in order to help hand out flyers to promote a mental health seminar his church is having.

He shared a bit of his story with us and taught us how to go door to door, and then out into the community we went! It was such a blessing to be able to talk with some of the residents here in Kauai, hear a little bit of their stories, and pray for them. 

Flyers & Prayers

Jungle Clean Up

by Olivia Dixon | February 2, 2022 12:40 AM

Today part of our crew spent the day cleaning up Auntie Linda's yard with Auntie Vergie's help and enjoying each others company on this beautiful day! 

Jungle Clean Up

A Day of Cleaning & Organizing

by Morgan Shepherd | February 2, 2022 12:59 AM

Our team split into three groups today to work on different projects. One team went to help Uncle Leland, a spunky elderly man, clean his home. We got to talk with him as we cleaned and organized and learned a little bit about his life too!

A Day of Cleaning & Organizing

Snow Refreshing

by Morgan Shepherd | February 2, 2022 1:02 AM

We got to try some real Hawaiian shaved ice after our hard work today! Yum!!
Snow Refreshing

Power Washing and Paint Brushes

by Morgan Shepherd | February 2, 2022 2:37 AM

The third group went to Kapa’a Church to power wash and paint the walls surrounding the church.  We worked together as a team and had a fun time working for the Lord in this way!

Power Washing and Paint Brushes

I SEA a Turtle!

by Morgan Shepherd | February 2, 2022 2:41 AM

After dinner tonight, we went to a beach that is known for having sea turtles around sunset. We hung out for awhile, swam, saw some whales and a seal, and just before we left, some sea turtles had come ashore! It was such an awesome experience and another remind of God’s power and glory through creation.
I SEA a Turtle!

Soaking Up Some Vitamin Sea

by Morgan Shepherd | February 3, 2022 2:56 AM

Today we got to enjoy the beautiful weather and water at the beach here in Hawaii. We are so thankful for the time to rest and have some fun and bond together.

We spent most of the day by the ocean, soaking up lots of sun! We also spent some time shopping, we went out for dinner, and got some delicious ice cream. After this day of fun and rest, we are ready to get back to work tomorrow!

Soaking Up Some Vitamin Sea

A Flower Surprise

by Olivia Dixon | February 4, 2022 2:54 AM

Part of our team returned to Auntie Linda's today to surprise her with flowers that we planted in her flower garden! 

A Flower Surprise

Those Intricate Wall Designs...

by Olivia Dixon | February 4, 2022 2:56 AM

Another crew headed back to spend more time fixing up the wall. The team is working hard to repaint the wall surrounding the church/school during their trip. 
Those Intricate Wall Designs...

The Cleaning Was Continued

by Morgan Shepherd | February 4, 2022 3:11 AM

The third team went back to Uncle Leland’s house to continue cleaning and organizing. We made a lot of good progress and it was cool to see Uncle Leland’s excited grin when he checked it out.
The Cleaning Was Continued

“Two Two One”

by Morgan Shepherd | February 4, 2022 12:49 PM

In the afternoon, we got to put on a gymnastics show for the kids at the school/church where we have been painting! It was a fun challenge for us and the kids were very excited.

“Two Two One”

Flipping for Jesus

by Morgan Shepherd | February 4, 2022 12:51 PM

We did lots of various tricks!
Flipping for Jesus

Luau Time!

by Morgan Shepherd | February 4, 2022 12:58 PM

In the evening, we had the amazing opportunity to attend a luau! We got to watch an Imu ceremony, where they remove the pig from its underground oven, have dinner and live music, and then see the luau dancers, including dancing with fire! It was a really fun time!
Luau Time!

An Ono Buffet

by Morgan Shepherd | February 4, 2022 1:04 PM

There were many food options for dinner, including poi, which is a traditional Hawaiian food made from the taro root! We also learned the Hawaiian word for yummy- ono!

An Ono Buffet

“We Need 20 Tangelos”

by Morgan Shepherd | February 5, 2022 1:48 PM

A group was able to go back to the garden on Friday. We got paired up with the school kids who also came and helped harvest fruits and vegetables for some orders!

“We Need 20 Tangelos”

Uprooting & Planting

by Morgan Shepherd | February 5, 2022 2:26 PM

Besides harvesting, we also helped uproot some asparagus, plant beans, and make some new beds. We also got to try some new fruits and they graciously let us take lots of milk apples and tangerines with us to share with the rest of the group!
Uprooting & Planting

Trimming Trees

by Olivia Dixon | February 5, 2022 2:29 PM

Another group spent their morning helping Uncle Jerome and Auntie Angie trim banana, ginger, and palm trees. We even enjoyed a sweet treat of ice cream sandwiches that they provided as a thank you!
Trimming Trees

The Chicken Mansion

by Olivia Dixon | February 5, 2022 2:33 PM

In the afternoon, we headed to Pastor Jaimie’s house to deliver a chicken coop. It was a big job, but the boys powered through and got it done. We also enjoyed the company of Uncle Derek who even helped us catch the hens in the coop to relocate them safely to their new home!

The Chicken Mansion

A Bit of Cleaning

by Morgan Shepherd | February 5, 2022 5:04 PM

Part of the team went to an elderly couple’s home to help out with some cleaning needs!

A Bit of Cleaning

Vespers Night

by Morgan Shepherd | February 5, 2022 8:33 PM

In the evening, we had a youth event with some of the youth from the Kapa’a church. We played volleyball, swam, and worshiped together. Alyssa, Caitlin, and Victor also shared their testimonies!

Vespers Night

Happy Sabbath!

by Morgan Shepherd | February 5, 2022 8:41 PM

This morning, we led the service at the Lawai church that we have been lodging at. Pastor Jaimie started off the service with prayer requests from the congregation and then we led worship. Caroline and Brooklyn shared the children's story about tithing and Caitlin shared a devotional.
Happy Sabbath!

Pastor Victor

by Morgan Shepherd | February 6, 2022 12:22 PM

Víctor gave the sermon! His main point was to never give up on Jesus. He did a great job!

Pastor Victor

Sabbath & Sunshine

by Morgan Shepherd | February 6, 2022 12:35 PM

After church, we headed to the beach for a potluck with the church members! We spent most of the day there to relax and soak up the sunshine. We hung out, swam, and even saw a turtle and two seals! In the evening, we went out to some shops for snacks and souvenirs.

Sabbath & Sunshine

God The Creator

by Morgan Shepherd | February 7, 2022 3:58 AM

Today we got to see and explore some of God’s spectacular creations in Hawaii! We started off with the Maninimalahini Falls!

God The Creator

The Upside Down Kingdom

by Morgan Shepherd | February 7, 2022 4:05 AM

We had worship as we overlooked the Waimea Canyon and then moved on to an overlook of the mountain and ocean. 
The Upside Down Kingdom

Wow, God!

by Morgan Shepherd | February 7, 2022 4:15 AM

We finished our adventure with a hike out to a peak on the mountain. The challenging hike showed our teamwork and care for each other as we made our way on the trail together. It was an amazing experience and we are so in awe of God’s beautiful craftsmanship. 
We even saw a goat on the cliffside!
Wow, God!

The Purple Root

by Olivia Dixon | February 8, 2022 7:52 PM

Monday morning, half of our team spent the morning at the Poi Factory with Auntie Michelle and her husband. We learned all about harvesting taro and the poi making process. We then got to enjoy a traditional Hawaiian meal with them!

The Purple Root

A Jungle Removal

by Morgan Shepherd | February 9, 2022 2:13 AM

The other half of the team went to Uncle Robert’s house to help with some yard work. The space we are in in the picture was a jungle of tall grass reaching above our heads!

A Jungle Removal

Having Fun at Hanalei

by Morgan Shepherd | February 9, 2022 2:16 AM

To finish off the day, we went to Hanalei beach! We enjoyed some big waves, sunbathing, and a visited few shops. Pastor Jaimie brought his surfboard and Brandon and Nathan got to try surfing!
Having Fun at Hanalei

Heading Home

by Carissa Hildebrandt | February 9, 2022 2:21 AM

After a full last day of cleaning the church, visiting the Kauai Coffee Company, heading back to our favorite shops in Koloa, and grabbing pizza at Costco, we are heading home!
Heading Home

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