BIG thanks to Four Seasons Maui, Carol’s Daughter, Osea Malibu. and Black Girl Sunscreen for helping me make this happen for my bestie!
Momma x Me x Maui – Spiritual Retreat
Sponsored by The Four Seasons Maui Resort, Carol’s Daughter, Osea, and Black Girl Sunscreen
My mom helped me hold it down during the pandemic. In addition to her usual unconditional Love and support, she also became my four-year-old’s preschool teacher. And like, legit taught him everything. So to celebrate best life livin’, I treated her to a spiritual retreat and vacation on the magical island of Maui. Check out the view!
We HIGHLY recommend The Four Seasons Maui Resort! We stayed here for our first 4 nights and we were treated like Queens. The Spa staff and their treatments like their new IV Therapy Drips, acupuncture, and rejuvenating massage treatments were lavish and much needed, the rooms, plush, the lobby and common areas, fabulous, but the private, Serenity Pool Cabana?! THAT’s what we came for!
It was LOVE appearing as an intentionally quiet, adults-only sanctuary with poolside mini-spa treatments (that mom immediately took advantage of!), chilled treats throughout the day, personal butler service, and a ginger-mint-pineapple fusion situation that I have since learned how to make! There was also a couple of hot tubs for anemic folk like me! The layout and design was genius. The Silence was so loud that we were able to read and meditate, too!
‘Curly Culture Missions’— that’s what I called my round-the-world travels that spanned from 2012-2017. From Cuba to Palestine, Spain to Brazil, South Africa to Japan and India, I’d find communities of Black women living there locally, and the organizations that support us. We’d fellowship, product and story swap… usually over Go(o)d music and food. Forbes covered our Love-based gatherings in 2016 if you want to read more!
So needless to say, reaching out to local Black women has become something of a necessary tradition when I travel, even to other states and this Maui visit has been no different!
@akiemig (IG) , the Founder of the @popoloproject , gathered together a powerful group (from several diff islands- they flew in for the day!) who each play their respective roles of daughter, sister, friend, mother, wife, lawyer, doctor, CEO, entrepreneur, and student incredibly successfully, but on this day, we simple stood in and AS Love against a gorgeous and sacred backdrop. Iao Valley From roles to Souls as Ram Dass would say! And it was deeply humbling.
The Pōpolo Project is a Hawai‘i-based nonprofit organization that redefines what it means to be Black in Hawai‘i and in the world through cultivating radical reconnection to ourselves, our community, our ancestors, and the land, changing what we commonly think of as Local and highlighting the vivid, complex diversity of Blackness.
Please follow @popoloproject on IG, and get involved! They are doing Go(o)d work.
I also found out that access to Black beauty products are limited and incredibly expensive so my friends at @carolsdaughter @blackgirlsunscreen and @oseamalibu hooked it up and sent everyone home with lots of goodies!
Finally, we did a HUGE giveaway wherein one Go(o)d friend would win a year’s supply of my favorites from Carol’s Daughter, Osea, and Black Girl Sunscreen! The winner was Tamika McCree Elhilali ( @t.m.elhilali ) ! Congratulations, chica, and thank you to everyone that entered!
More to come,