In Touch with a different culture: Andrea

Where is your country and what is the official language? I am from Ecuador, the middle of the world. The official language is Espanol (Spanish). What is a traditional food from your country? We did here at Kalani, an Ecuadorian fiesta. We did Ceviche. Ceviche is kind of a cold soup, it is from the coast and it is so good, I love it! You can do it with shrimp, or fish, it is with tomato, onion, lots of lemon. It is amazing.   What was the biggest culture shock you’ve experienced at Kalani? Shock, shock, no. But I am … Continue reading In Touch with a different culture: Andrea

Volunteer Office Confession

We all felt sorry for our Volunteer Office Team after reading all the nasty notes which were dropped into the suggestion box. We care and we don’t want our beloved volunteer team to worry, to cry and be sad even though we all know they don’t do anything in this office. If a volunteer decides to change a departure date, there is only 12-step process to do it, after interviewing a potential volunteer there is only 24-steps to the  process of making them official. They have plenty of time, but this is not an excuse to write abusive notes to … Continue reading Volunteer Office Confession

The truth about Squeeky

We at ITWK feel that it is our civic responsibility to squash any rumors about  Squeeky, the beloved truck belonging to the Horticulture department. Understand this- Squeeky is NOT alive. Squeeky is truck, a mechanical object- nothing more! We have been overhearing bits and pieces of different conversations, and all they do is instigate unnecessary fear in impressionable volunteers. So, when you hear things like this, just ignore them. “Squeeky is really alive and controls the horticulture crew at Kalani. This isn’t a conspiracy. It’s confirmed by many sources who no longer volunteer because they fear the wrath of Squeeky.” … Continue reading The truth about Squeeky

Laura’s Transformation

We were unwinding in our editorial office recently when we looked up and saw Laura standing in the doorway, uncharacteristically quiet, waiting for us to notice her and invite her in. When we finally did, she said, “You guys, I have to tell you something, but this just between us. I don’t want this ending up in In Touch, okay?” We promised her we wouldn’t print it, even though we knew we would because we run a gossip magazine, and that is what we do. She went on. “I know everybody at Kalani thinks this is who I really am, … Continue reading Laura’s Transformation

I WILL SURVIVED! Zoltan’s Journey

Zoltan’s Prison Escape Do you remember In Touch with Kalani Ed. 6, where we broke a story about our volunteers being imprisoned in Hale 2 upstairs? We were not able to give you answers at that time. We were only speculating who might have been imprisoned there. Now we know. This is not a joke. This story is real. It was a peaceful day when suddenly a screaming volunteer came to our office. “Zoltan fell from the ceiling!” OMG Where? How? Why? We haven’t seen Zoltan recently. We thought he left already and he is living happily in Hungary. We … Continue reading I WILL SURVIVED! Zoltan’s Journey

What to do in the Kitchen when there is Nothing to Do

Anybody who has ever worked in the Kalani kitchen knows that it is a busy environment, most of the time. But not all of the time. There are those awkward in between tasks times when you really don’t know what you should be doing, because there just isn’t anything to do, but you don’t want to be that volunteer who is just standing around doing nothing. What are you supposed to do? It’s uncomfortable to just stand there doing nothing, so you have to think of something fast before you get accused of being lazy. We know what it’s like. … Continue reading What to do in the Kitchen when there is Nothing to Do

Jim Larsen makes people sick

There have been a startling number of sick volunteers lately, and all this sickness can be traced to Jim Larsen, for which he is sorry. Here’s what happened- at the November Open Mic, Jim read a poem all about sickness and disease. Jim is a powerful manifester who forgot his own power. While his poem was specifically about an unspecified venereal disease, the transmission to the universe was received as sickness in general, and by the Law of Attraction, this is what the universe delivered. Since Jim himself is impervious to all sickness and disease himself, this sickness rippled out … Continue reading Jim Larsen makes people sick

Why Corey Busses Dishes

If you have ever eaten a meal on the lanai with Corey, you know that he always busses the dishes of everybody at the table who has finished their meal, which is really nice of him. He does this as an act of kindness without any expectation of tips, a return favor, or anything at all. He does it out of the goodness of his heart, right? That’s what we always thought, until we dug a little deeper into this phenomenon. It’s true he does do this as a kind act, but it is not without an expectation in return. … Continue reading Why Corey Busses Dishes