Hi everybody, my name is Amanda and here is my story: 10 years ago my family and I moved away from the only place that has ever truly felt like home, Hawaii. I know a lot of people think "oh wow, Hawaii, really???" Yes really. Hawaii is my home. It tore me apart when we left and I have been homesick ever since. I had friends and family or "ohana" there. I had an aunt and uncle who lived on the island and a few years ago my uncle passed away. This devastated me, my uncle named me Puakea O'Alika when I was little that really made me feel like I was apart of the Hawaiian people. Even though I'm a white girl. I have always felt a connection with the islands, the people, the culture. I feel as though I am Hawaiian at heart.
I have never met any people who were so kind or accepted me so freely as the people of Hawaii, I was truly happy there. No matter where I went there was always a smiling face and someone I could talk to. Even if they were complete strangers! I never had so many people I could trust enough to call my friends so easily. But that is exactly how it is in Hawaii. Laid back, easy going... Its paradise to many and home to me as well as my family.
Not only that but my family and I really want to do missionary work with the Church in Hawaii. Our aim is to spread the word of God in Hawaii. We want to work with the people and teach those that are lost and help them in any way that we can to bring them to Christ. We pray every day that we will soon be able to do this. The people are hungry for the Word over there and they are such a joy to be around and to talk to. We understand that there are people everywhere that need the Lord and need salvation but our hearts ache for these people in Hawaii. I cannot count the number of times we have wept for them, or the number of times we have prayed asking God to send us back.
So now here I am 10 years later, completely homesick and trying anything I can think of to raise the funds I and my family needs to get home. We are not asking for a handout, as some have accused. This site was created for anyone who has heard our story as a means to help if they choose to. If you would like to help in any way, it would be much appreciated and I thank you with all my heart.
Mahalo and aloha!