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TUESDAY JUNE 20
We invite you to celebrate the Summer Solstice by walking the path of the ‘Awapuhi Labyrinth with your family, friends, and neighbors. The labyrinth is open from 6 until around 10pm. At 6:24 pm we ring the big bell to mark the exact moment the sun sets on the longest day of the year.
Bring a flashlight…and an umbrella if the weather seems iffy.
E komo mai (=“welcome”)
The name, ‘Awapuhi means “ginger plant” in the Hawaiian language. Upon the thresholds of the ‘Awapuhi Labyrinth rests a stone with the inscription Solvitur Ambulando. This Latin phrase translates to “it is solved by walking.” Come and walk, but please respect this offer of quiet, sacred space and treat it accordingly.
Walking the Labyrinth
Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools. As you walk the path, take care to bring your attention to the act of walking itself, allowing the deliberate act of walking to bring your breathing into alignment with your steps. Chat or other distractions may try to interfere with the walk. Acknowledge their existence without judgment and simply return your focus to the act of walking and breathing.
As you walk the labyrinth and your mind begins to quiet, feel your body begin to relax, bringing a calming effect on your entire being. Walking the labyrinth can release stress, tension, anger, frustration, pain, and hurt. Feel yourself open to beauty, wonder, awe, and a reverence for life. The labyrinth provides a safe space for self-reflection, a place to simply “be.”
Our walking the labyrinth is a symbolic representation of the spiritual journey we all take through life. Unlike a maze, which is intended to confuse the participant with false paths and dead ends, the labyrinth has only a single path; one way leads you in and —reversed— the same path brings you out again. Having both left and right turns along the path creates balance. You may notice the path frequently draws you close to the center and then, just when you think you have arrived, it sends you back towards the periphery. This movement represents coming close to and moving away from your personal, transformative center—a place of intense knowing and change.
The ‘Awapuhi Labyrinth was built in 1999 by Christie Wolf with help from her husband, John. This eleven-circuit pattern is a double-sized replica of the 13th century design inlaid into the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France. The path that winds through ‘Awapuhi Labyrinth’s 90-foot diameter covers four tenths of a mile one way. So, if you follow the path all the way in and all the way out again, then add the distance you have walked from the road and back, you find you have traveled approximately one mile.
Some suggested symbolism found in the Chartres pattern includes the following.
113 “teeth” (here, concrete castings) encircle the Labyrinth. These are called lunations. Supposedly the ancients used these much like a sundial to determine when the lunar feast of Easter was to occur.
The center area, or rosette, is a six-petaled rose said to represent the six kingdoms of existence: mineral, vegetable, animal, human, angelic, and divine. Look for ceramic hearts in the petals of the rosette that name these.
These are the areas that separate the 180-degree turns in the path, the only part of the labyrinth where you don’t step. A labrys is a symmetric double-headed ritual axe and one of the holiest Cretan religious symbols. It is commonly associated with feminine qualities, causes, and divinities.
Labyrinths in one form or another have existed in every civilization on every continent for nearly 4,000 years. Their origin is as mysterious as their uses are varied. One thing is known, they benefit the participant. Please take your time and enjoy the experience.
In addition to the abundant flora and fauna, you will notice the ‘Awapuhi Labyrinth —especially throughout the labryses— is populated with shells, tiles, figures, trinkets, chimes, and more that have all been lovingly gifted to the site by labyrinth walkers starting back in 1999. Each object was left by someone who found special meaning in the act of placing it. Many people return years later to delight in finding an old friend. Feel free to leave a gift of your own. And, when you return, be prepared to find it has disappeared in your absence. Gifting to the labyrinth is an exercise in pure giving, detachment, and a way to practice letting go of expectation.
Weed & walk
A group of us meet Tuesdays at 8am (more or less) to gently weed and maintain the grounds. Around 9am we wrap up and then walk the labyrinth in silence, followed by some convivial companionship in the gazebo. We welcome you.
Coloring at the Labyrinth
On second & fourth Thursday mornings of the month, we gather in the labyrinth’s gazebo at 9:30am to color, draw, and enjoy each others’ company in a serene setting for a few hours. We can provide you with some coloring pages and art supplies or you can bring your own project. Won’t you join us next time?
Come for a visit
The ‘Awapuhi Labyrinth is non-denominational. We welcome agnostics, atheists, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Pagans, Wiccans, and all others. Please enjoy and respect this space and each other.
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