Category Archives: Aloha – not just a word

Homeless

This week I came face-to-face with homelessness. Prior to this, my concerns for the poor were global, nonspecific, faceless. I gave money to the Hamakua Youth Foundation, donations to the Salvation Army, food to the local food pantry, and said … Continue reading

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The bounty of the Big Island, endangered

For lots of reasons I haven’t been to Waimea for the Saturday Farmer’s Market this summer. I finally went, and had a great time seeing my favorite vendors and buying their organic produce. A few of these folks very ethically … Continue reading

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Me and my big mouth

My father used to tell me that my big mouth would get me in trouble one day. Talk about the kettle calling the pot black! But he was right. I often speak before I think. When I’m emotional, the process … Continue reading

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Graduation gratitude

Hawai‘i Preparatory School has a unique graduation ceremony that reflects the Hawaiian culture surrounding us. Much of the ceremony could happen anywhere: the faculty march in wearing their traditional cap and gown, the valedictorian and others gives speeches, the students … Continue reading

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Island time

The notion of island time used to drive the organizer in me crazy: if you can’t show up on time for my meetings, don’t expect me to start over when you do arrive.  Here, coming and going on your own … Continue reading

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Tribute to Mr. Washburn

I’ve written about Gary Washburn twice.  This is the third and the first on my blog; I’m guessing that it won’t be my last. Gary has been teaching music at Honoka’a High School for 35 years.  He has transformed this … Continue reading

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