Like it was mentioned in a previous blog post, although YWAM is a Christian organization in love with Jesus and missions, there’s no need to dress or act like a mid-20th century ultra-conservative Orthodox Christian when you’re here. As YWAM Kona and Community Transformations, we truly value the diversity of how God individually made you and encourage everyone to express that in what they do and wear (also it’s warm here and wearing shorts is just kind of a necessary thing a lot of the time).
Let’s talk about fundraising!
So fundraising can seem daunting at times, and the biggest problem is usually just not knowing where to start. So here are some ideas that we have seen work!
DTS Lecture Phase is chalked full of amazing teachings (and teachers) that will literally change your life. I remember how, during my DTS, I sat in class captivated week after week. I was thrilled to discover new things about life and Jesus and, well, a hundred other things.
Hi family, this is Kat again!
This time I'd love to show you some of my favorite spots in downtown Kona. All this is a short 5-10 min walk from campus, so it's easy to get to! I love food, so that's why there's mostly food-related places, but I am convinced that loving food is a universal thing, so I'm sure you will appreciate all these places just as much as me. Though Kona is small, there are lots of other good spots not included in this list. It wouldn't be fun for me to show you all of them anyways, this is just to get you stoked and ready to explore for yourself! So here we go.
Let's start with a little overview over downtown Kona. I drew a rough map for you, but please keep in mind that it is not super accurate!
1. The Pier
Who doesn't love the beach? We have a lot of different beaches in the area, but this is the closest one and you can actually walk to it! A few bonus tips on the pier: there is free wifi because of the hotel that is right there, so if you sit on the grass, you can enjoy wifi privileges! Also, if you are an early riser; before sunrise every morning chances are high for you to swim with dolphins!
As a Norwegian I am ready to admit that America has the best burgers I have tasted so far, and Splashers have a really great selection! It's on the pricier side, so maybe save up with your room mates or your outreach team to eat here once or twice. It's a real treat and always a good time!
3. Longboards Pizza
This is our favorite spot to get pizza! It is actually run by friends from the campus, so it feels extra good to be supporting them as you dig into some delicious pepperoni pizza slices. You can also get a 28" pizza (it's huge!!) and share it with your friends for fun!
I'm telling you, this is the place to get sushi! It's a little bit hidden away and hard to find, but it is delicious and it is where the locals go for their sushi. The waiting time can be long and the opening hours uncertain, but take my word for it; it is worth it. Cheap and great quality!
5. Farmer's Market
Fresh fruit and vegetables. Jewelry and flip flops. Get it all at the Farmer's Market for a good price. I think they are there most days of the week. You can get great deals like five papayas for $2!
6. Daylight Mind Coffee
For a lot of people, this is the go-to coffee shop in town! Kona is known for it's great coffee, so we do have a lot of coffee shops, but this one really is great. It's right by the ocean, so you can go outside and enjoy the fresh breeze, or you can sit inside and enjoy the beautiful wooden architecture. They have a restaurant downstairs that I have not tried yet, but I hear it is excellent! My favorite order here is some iced black coffee and a blueberry scone!
7. Kona Haven
This is another really great coffee shop! It's by the water and they always have really great service. I love going here in the mornings and get their breakfast deal; a black coffee and a breakfast bagel with eggs and bacon!
8. FroYo & 9. Outback
I love frozen yoghurt! This place is so close to campus, it is scary. Too easy to walk down with a group of friends for a late night froyo. The people who work here are amazing! They even have a YWAM discount, so remember your student card when you go.
Outback has some great food! They have 50% off appetizers that I have heard are really great! (Ask Icthus for details!)
So this is my list! I hope that you will be able to make your own after living here for a bit. Kona really has so many treasures ready to be found!
Hi family, Kat here!
We love our campus! It is home for so many of us, and we love discovering new things about it. That's why we wanted to share some humorous facts about it, so you can get excited to come and explore it for yourself!
There are many of them here. We don't really know where they come from, and we don't know when they leave. All we know is that someone feeds them, so you must not do this! If you do, they might take over campus. They sing at night, they sometimes steal our food and they may or may not have fleas, so we recommend not touching them. We love them though. They add flavor. And who doesn't love a pet?!
2. Stairs of glory
To leave or enter campus, we have 76 stairs you need to climb. We refer to them as the stairs of glory, as they keep us fit and really bring us to a new level of humility (sweat running down your face and wheezing because you can't properly breathe). Every climb is a victory and you will never feel more accomplished!
3. The best water fountain
There are several water fountains around campus, but this is by far the best one. Cold, delicious water, a chair if you are tired and a stool for the shorter ones among us. We have recently acquired two new water fountains by the prayer room, but I have not been able to really test them yet, so this is still my go-to one. Sadie seems pleased with it too.
4. Take a seat
We like to sit. We sit while we eat, talk, write, blog, think, etc. Luckily for us, there are lots of good sitting options around campus! This particular bench is located right under a banyan tree, outside of building A. You can bring your food, some friends, or maybe a cat, and chill in the shade of the tree. It's pretty sweet.
5. The air conditioned prayer room
We are not gonna lie, Hawaii is hot. We love being able to wear our shorts and dresses, but sometimes you just need to cool down. Therefore, we love the prayer room! I mean, obviously we also love it because we can pray and worship, but it is the only room on campus with air conditioning, so we love it a little extra!
There are a lot more fun facts about this place, but we'll let you discover those on your own! This is our home and we hope you will come to love it just as much as we do. I hope you enjoyed our 5 fun facts starring: grumpy cat, real Kat, Sadie, and random prayer room dude. Coming soon will be a campus tour so you can see a bigger picture.
Get a taste of what a typical monday morning is like here in Kona! Our amazing worship leaders have put together this FREE album of live music from our monday morning worship times. It's worth a listen. Hurray!
Check it out here!
Okay, so this question is the one that comes up the most. What do we pack, do we need long skirts, do we need backpacks, do I need bedding?
So let’s get this thing cleared up. We totally want you to feel as prepared as you possibly can upon arrival.
One thing you need to be aware of is most airlines do make you pay for even your first bag. Call the airlines and figure out the specifics. DO NOT go over 50 US lbs or 22.5 kg in a bag, they will charge you an insane amount. Also, you do not need an insane amount of luggage. One suitcase is plenty for 6 months!
The thing I am going to start with goes mostly for girls, but we all have this weird thing in our minds that since we are going into missions, we have to dress like missionaries. If that is your personal style, please continue to bring those clothes with you to Hawaii, but one rule of thumb I have continued to go by is wear what you love. Wear the clothes that make you feel pretty. But, again, you DO NOT need to bring your entire wardrobe! We girls like to borrow each others clothes anyways, and you'll have lots of room mates.
Remember, Hawaii is hot and it is humid. You probably only really need about one or two pairs of jeans, a hoodie, and one or two light weight cardigan/jackets. Otherwise, tank tops, shorts, dresses, skirts, and other summer things.
Another one for girls, please bring at least one tankini/ one piece bathing suit for school events, or if you don’t have one make sure you wear tank tops over your swim suit please.
We also believe that to dress modest is actually hottest (hahah) and so there is no set rules, but a thought is having shorts that when you stand with your arms down your side reaches to your thumbs or fingertips. Also, maybe don't bring crazy crop tops that show you belly.
For bedding, you can buy pillows at Walmart when you arrive for between $5- $12. Bring a fitted and flat sheet for a twin size bed. Also bring some sort of blanket/ comforter, it doesn’t need to be very thick because again, this is Hawaii, but some nights it can get cool and you will want something. During my DTS I bought a blanket from Walmart which worked very well, but if you can fit it in your suitcase you should. With bedding especially, it is good to get a vacuum seal bag so it will not take up as much room.
Toiletries. Bring what you need, but you can buy things while you are here. Keep in mind that giant bottles of shampoo will add a ton of unnecessary weight.
For class, all you really need is a journal to take notes in and a bible. If you have a large study bible it may be wise to also bring a smaller one that is easier to take with you around campus. You do not need to but it is just a suggestion.
For outreach we will have locations all over the globe. About two weeks after being here you will know where you are going, but upon arrival you will have no idea. You could potentially be in China in the freezing cold, or in South African summer. My suggestion (for U.S. and Candian students) would be to pack a box of winter clothes, coats, gloves, scarves, sleeping bags, that you could leave at either your parents house or a friends house that would be willing to ship it to you if you need it. (Shipping things through the post office will be the less expensive option.) For warmer climate outreaches, majority of the time you will be able to find either a couple long skirts from Ross, Walmart or Target or from thrift stores around the island. So don’t stress.
Hiking Backpacks. Sometimes they are helpful, sometimes it really doesn’t matter. I personally do not like to travel with a backpack, but some really prefer it. I would say if you do not have one don’t go out of your way to buy one.
Computers. Bring them if you have them! There is wifi all over the campus and you will want to Skype family and friends and connect with them.
Hello new and old friends!
This is our dear friend Steve Schallert. He is raising money to record an album, and I want to encourage you all to take a look! He is incredibly talented! He was here in Kona with his family not that long ago, and lead worship for our Ministry Night. Check out this recording and get stoked for this album, as well as coming here and experiencing our prayer room sets and ministry nights!
So please head over to his kickstarter page, check it out, pledge and share!Click here for the link.
Hopefully you are all stoked to get out here ( I know I am), but I wanted to let you all know about this pretty cool thing happening this summer.
The world is in need of ordinary people with unique skills, passions and gifts coming together, not to make a name for themselves, but to make the name of Jesus famous! Collaborating, to make better music, tell wilder stories, plan more inclusive gatherings, and carry out more impactful plans that they otherwise couldn’t do alone. 21 is about family coming together under Jesus and being fully activated in Love for great impact.