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What is ho’opono or ho’oponopono?

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To begin to answer this question one can simply dive into the beautiful language of Hawai’i.  Ho’o is a causative word, giving action to whatever word follows it.  According to the Hawaiian dictionary, pono means in perfect order, uprightness, well being, etc.  The repetition of the word pono is sometimes repeated for greater emphasis.  So ho’opono or ho’oponopono can mean […]

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BIG WAVES & Bright Horizons

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Ever have the experience where your long-awaited breakthroughs come all at once?  Epic opportunities have come right on the heels of my personal commitment to finally make time to write my book(s).  It’s like a test to see if I’ll put these books on the back burner yet again.  Life is challenging my commitment to write in fierce (yet wonderful) […]

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Dream Upgrades

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I should have known I was in for another wild ride on Maui when Budget Rental Car upgraded me to a hot rod Camero.  My preferred means of transportation is my well-loved rusty, trusty friend with two wheels or my hybrid hatchback that gets 45 mpg.  Honestly, I was a little nervous about driving this “upgrade” which, compared to my […]

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In the Spirit of Lokahi

Originally posted on Indigenous Medicine:
This is an interview conducted over the telephone between myself and Dr. Jane Ely that I thought would be worth posting. Mahalo Jane. In The Spirit of Lo’kahi: An interview on the work and world vision of Dr. Maka’ala Yates D.C. Written by: Dr. Jane Ely, D. Min. Lokahi is an ancient Hawaiian word with many layers of meanings. For Maka’ala Yates, lokahi is the essence of unity, peacemaking, harmony, connection, and embracing diversity. Ho’o lokahi is the action that brings about agreement, diversity, and unity. But it is much more than this. In the Hawaiian language there are tones, sounds, and meanings within meanings that carry vibrational frequencies of understanding, mana [life force], and healing. As Maka’ala explains, Lokahi is the platform upon which to communicate and illuminate healing and more importantly, to reunite that which has been broken back into unity, and awareness—in short, to renew a way of life. Dr. Maka’ala Yates is a remarkable man with a very large world vision. The Big Picture is nothing short of complete transformational change for the people of this earth. Although he would be the last person to admit it, he would perhaps say he is just here doing what he has come here to do. Or perhaps he might say, he woke up at a certain point in his life and ‘remembered’ why he came here and the job he came here to do. Born on the Big Island of Hawaii in a…

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Wai Ola: Water of Life

Originally posted on Indigenous Medicine:
Wai Ola Water of Life Life for Hawaiians, especially before colonization, was centered on water and agriculture (land). The most important food staple at that time was kalo (taro), which relied heavily on the mana (life-force) of the water because the kalo was considered ʻohana (family) to the Hawaiians. The mana of the water was established through attentive cleanliness of the river ways by ceremony, which included pule (prayers) by the villagers. These ceremonies and prayers were important in maintaining a positive relationship between land and water, which led to the same relationship to all Kanaka Maoli (native Hawaiians). There are two kinds of water in the Hawaiian language, wai (rain or land water) and kai (sea or salt water). The ancient God for wai was Kané and for the ocean water it was Kanaloa. Of the many water ceremonies used in pre-western contact Hawaii, the two most notable were kapu kai and pikai. Kapu kai is the ceremonial bathing of one’s self in the sea or salt water if on land. This ceremony was done to purify the body and spirit of the individual,especially when an imbalance was present. This type of ritual was usually done in private however;it was not uncommon for a group of villagers or family members to perform kapu kai to bring harmony and peace into their ahupuaʻa and ultimately the world. Ahupuaʻa (side note) The original purpose of the…

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Why Remember?

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Today is Memorial Day.  For many, Memorial Day is only about backyard BBQ’s and lazy days on the beach.  I’ve had my fair share of both.  However, having spent two decades in the military as a cadet, soldier, and spouse, I know all too well what Memorial Day is really about. My first experience with losing a dear friend and […]

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