Gardening With a Purpose

Wai Ola

The Lifestyle of the St. Regis Princeville Resort

2018 issue

Words by
Amelia Fulbright

Morning dew is just beginning to evaporate from the green leaves of the garden. Liberated from condensation, flowers timidly open, petal by petal, and bees line up to pollinate the virgin blossoms. The Shama Thrush bird sings her song. The rooster responds promptly. Then, right on cue, an ancestral chant begins to weave through the garden, along the pathways that will soon carry footsteps and between branches baring precious plant medicine.

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Being Present with Tulsi

As soon as you step into the garden at Kauai Farmacy, you find yourself surrounded by a myriad of flourishing herbs. Some brush against your arm as they reach out into the pathway, some rest timidly upon the ground, seeking shade and privacy, while others meet you eye-to-eye with brilliant shades of blossoming flowers. Each day these plants grow, while each season catalyzes a transformation in each of our plants— some hail the sun during our summer months, while others praise the rain of our wet winters. The one herb who remains consistently vigorous and resilient, however, is Tulsi.

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