Thanksgiving and Camping at Polipoli

Here at YWAM Maui, we had a 4 day weekend for Thanksgiving, meaning that I got a chance to get out of the "YWAM bubble" and relax with some of my friends for a few days.  

Thursday, All of our DTS students and some staff helped a few local churches pass out meals for the homeless around the island.  Po'okela Church and Waipuna Chapel cooked something like 100 turkeys in an imu, which is a traditional Hawaiian underground oven.  Its a pretty cool process where you heat up lava rocks, wrap your turkey in banana leaves and throw it in the ground for about 12 hours.  What comes out is some of the juiciest, most tender meat that even rivals a few BBQ joints back in Georgia.  Put that with some mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing and cranberry sauce and some homeless people here on Maui ate pretty good for Thanksgiving.

We had a hard time keeping Nick out of the food we were passing out.

A bunch of Thanksgiving meals, with pineapple to boot!

The other fun part of the long weekend was camping at Polipoli, which is up on Haleakala, the volcano here.  There were 8 staff guys that came on the 2 day camping trip, and it was a really fun time to just hang out as friends away from our normal hectic days at the base with 80 other people around all the time.  We knew it would be cold, but we had no idea that it would be close to freezing.  We went hiking, made fires, ate awesome pork chops and Spam and eggs, and generally had a great time freezing ourselves in the wilderness.  I definitely came back refreshed and ready to face a few more weeks of intense work on our website before I head out to Asia in a little over two weeks! 

Wait a second, this is Hawaii???  Freezing, but having the time of my life with the guys!

Mmmmm... Spam and eggs for breakfast.

Joey, manning the grill for the weekend.