Tucked up around a sharp curve on the way to the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) enclave of Makawao, Maui, a special place called Lumeria has been created for spiritual exploration and learning.

The journey to create this place has been quite an enlightening experience for owner and designer Xorin Balbes. The project has not been an easy one but he lights up when he explains what he has gained from it. I tell him I admire his perseverance and I see that he has the rare ability to create from a dream. Sitting in a local restaurant in Paia, Xorin and I have lunch and talk about Lumeria.

What inspires you about the island of Maui?

Specifically, Maui has an energy that feels divinely feminine. There is a beauty and an abundance that I have not experienced in many places. There is magic all […]

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