Aloha! I was born and raised in New York, but have lived in Hawaii for 25 years. You could say that I am a real island girl, since I was born on Long Island, but now reside on Hawaii Island. Becoming the steward of such an amazing property is a dream come true for me. Hoea mean 'to arrive' and I really feel like I have finally arrived, even though I have lived here for a long time.
I am a storyteller and social entrepreneur.
My company is Sustainable Initiatives—I work on projects which support the growth of a local, sustainable economy…with a sweet spot for growing the local food system. My projects include work with traditional crops (breadfruit and taro) and the fostering of our community food system in North Kohala.
My writing has been published in many Hawaii-based magazines and blogs. I am currently working on a collection of personal essays and developing myself as a performance artist.
I am known for my personal educational projects, having embarked upon a number of “eat local” experiments and then reported to the public on my experience. Among these are the: 90 Days on a Hawai‘i Island Diet and 30 Days on a Food Stamp Budget.
You can learn more about my work at andreadean.com
Here are 4 of my favorite things (I have 10, but the word limit!)
1. Chanting: Paramahansa Yogananda says “Chanting is half the battle.” Its true. Devotional chanting is such an easy, joyful shortcut to meditation. I lead kirtans and enjoy going to other people’s kirtans.
2. Dancing: Sweat your prayers, ecstatic dance, a night out with the girlfriends, right in my own living room. Any dance is a good dance.
3. Chocolate: I just heard that smiling releases 2,000 times the amount of endorphins than chocolate. I smile when I eat chocolate, so…
4. Champagne/Proseco: (often enjoyed with chocolate) My grandmother used to listen to Don Ho when I was growing up. I think the subliminal message of tiny bubbles may have brought me to Hawaii and instilled a lifelong love of the bubbly
Andrea Dean purchased this house in 2013
I have been dreaming of having a sustainable homestead for 25 years, and my dream just came true! It quiet, beautiful, plentiful with fruit.
This is not a sterile vacation rental. It is a cozy, colorful and comfortable Hawaiian farm home.