Category Archives: Give back

It’s my kuleana

Most people think of Hawaii as a paradise, and I’m among them. I count my blessings every day, as I soak up the great weather year-round, swim in the ocean twice a week, walk through Honokaʻa greeting friends and acquaintances … Continue reading

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Live well longer: connect and engage with life

I recently took a series of classes at our local community college in Honoka‘a on Aging Well: Living Well as Long as Possible. One of the units focused on belonging, connections and engagement with life. I feel so grateful that … Continue reading

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The ones left behind

I am grateful that suicide has not touched my life. Except for an acquaintance from high school, no one I know has committed suicide. But twice as many people commit suicide every year than die of HIV/AIDS, 40,000. In my … Continue reading

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Saving the heart of our town – Honoka‘a People’s Theatre

Our beloved Honoka‘a People’s Theatre is the heart of this town. They provide space for community classes, educational events and concerts and, yes, show movies, usually just a couple weeks later than the other theatres on the island. They stuck … Continue reading

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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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Rita resolutions, community commitments and joyful jazz

I’m working with my life coach again. Rita’s coached me on and off since 2005 when my boss sent me to her after a bad performance review. He thought I might need some support. He was right. Many of my … Continue reading

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