Woman chooses to become homeless and hungry for better spiritual life

Inette Miller with her husband 
By: Eva Fett 

A woman gave up all her earthly possessions to become hungry and homeless, on a mission to restore ancient living.

Inette Miller, who had served as a war correspondent in Vietnam for Time magazine, came out of her comfort zone and did something daring in 1997, she gave up all her possessions.

The award-winning journalist sold her home in Oregon, gave away her furniture and moved to Hawaii, to live with a man she had met and fallen in love with during a short vacation.

She pulled her 14-year-old son from school while her older son was living with her ex-husband, and embarked on a simple life with the man she loved, sleeping illegally on public beaches and having no more possessions than what would fit in her aging Toyota Camry.

Miller, 66, writes about her journey in her memoirs, "Grandmothers Whisper", and now leads a nomadic life with her loving husband, Imaikalani Iokepa Hanalei.

"We have had a profound sense of destiny that we were going to be together," she said. "That's the glue," she added.

It took 13 years to write the book, which was written on yellow pages and self-published in 2010. Only now, the book is gaining more attention because Miller lives raw, phoneless and with few financial resources.

"We live in a noisy and distracted world," said Miller, who said she did not find her choice easy, but has since found peace.

Miller is originally from Baltimore, Maryland, and Imaikalani is a native Hawaiian construction worker, who grew up in the North American region. She said her world ended when they met and their spirituality demanded her “surrender without end."

Together, they went on a mission. He said it is his "destiny" to restore the native Hawaiian culture, the Kanaka Maoli, and live an authentic life, not a material life.

Until Imaikalani and Miller met, she was a single mother with two teenage children. She lived in progressive Portland, Oregon, in a glass-walled house on a hill full of books and antiques that she had collected over 30 years.

That same year, Imaikalani, 46, left his "material life" in the state of Washington. After hearing a "prophecy" from his grandmother, he sold his house, closed his bank account and construction contracts.

"Everything was given up to claim the lives of our ancestors and authenticity," said Miller. "It was a matriarchal culture for 12,000 years with no war, no hierarchy and no gender segregation," she said.