HAWAII, an example to the World

AN EXAMPLE HAWAIIIn a World of Darkness…Hawaii shines as a great example of Aloha Spirit and tolerance…But Hawaii was NOT always that way…Hawaii is possibly most notorious for intolerance… Being the youngest state in the nation, Hawai’i became the 50th state of the United States in 1959, and actually acknowledged its 55th year as part of our country this past Friday, August 15th. Some Hawaiian sovereignty activists believe that Hawai’i still remains, or should once again become, an independent nation, many here still argue that the overthrow of the monarchy in 1893 was illegal and resulted from an armed invasion by the United States…WELLIT DID!

Despite the history that trails behind Hawai’i becoming part of the US, today most residents live together in relative peace. Hawai’i is known as the melting pot of the Pacific, meaning there is a large blending of ethnicities including Hawaiian, Portuguese, Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Mexican, African American, Caucasian and many others. But for the most part, all live in harmony in Hawaii. Through everything Hawaii has been through…It’s truly an example to the rest of the world about how different races can coexist in one place, get along and be at peace with each other.

It would be naive however to say that we ALL get along every waking minute of the day. Of course there is some racial profiling and name-calling (haoles, mokes, Portagees, etc.) that exists in Hawai’i, but you really don’t see much political unrest like many of the other states have. We don’t have protests over racial disparages, police shootings based on discrimination or gang violence…But why?

I guess we could start with the general disposition of local people. Mostly quiet, reserved, self-conscious, respectful, peaceful, not looking to stand out in a crowd or make a scene. Hawaii has a laid back attitude and it’s been that way for a very long time. The ALOHA SPIRIT…it’s just here…in us, in the air, the water, the land…it’s a powerful thing that just doesn’t exist anywhere else on earth and when you visit Hawaii or leave Hawaii you either feel it or miss it…You also carry it with you no matter where you go and sharing the aloha spirit is a great gift the world deserves. We tell people…You can explain the Aloha Spirit…they need to feel it for themselves…and once they do…there is no going back.

We know we are lucky to live Hawaii, but we are truly blessed to carry, understand and share what the Aloha Spirit is to the world…it’s an example to the World indeed to live Aloha~ Love.

 

25 thoughts on “HAWAII, an example to the World

    • Understandable Michael…it’s not easy to survive…but we are trying and fighting the good fight so that more people can make their dreams come true…it’s not easy making it here…but it’s worth a try!

  1. I raked leaves for 6 hours last week, and then it snowed on Halloween. Lucky you live Hawaii. I’m still enjoying the podcasts, and look forward to one day leaving all the rakes and snow shovels behind.

  2. When I lived in Hawaii during my 7th grade year, I was called a haole by the mean girls on a daily basis. Even by the “haole” ones. This term disturbed me until I recently read that a white person will always be a haole, even ones born and raised on the islands. You may be kama’aina, but still a haole. It is up to the recipient individual’s attitude whether it is descriptive or derogatory. I will always be a haole, but it is up to me whether I’m a “haole”, a “dumb haole” or a “dumb fucking haole”.

    • AMY…did you listen to our OLD, OLD PODCAST…”HAOLEWOOD” Go back and listen to it…You are either Haole or Hapa…which means MIXED…take a listen to our Haolewood podcast…IT’S A GOOD ONE!!! Anyone who comes here is a Haole…no matter the skin color…it just means you are not from Hawaii originally…Kama’aina are for people who have moved here…if you had been born here you would be called a Local Haole…but you would be local…you had been born here!!! Hope you never took those words to heart…kids can be mean…they called me names in school as well…it happens to the best of us.

      • I remember that episode! Thank you for the content reminder and the kind words. Kids can be mean. I did take it to heart until I read that it can be descriptive or derogatory. I know that for the most part I don’t go around doing dumb things, and I am not malicious, so I can be relatively assured that being called a haole is descriptive.

        So my being born there makes me a local haole! Wheee!

  3. What are your thoughts on people going to view the lava flow in Pahoa? Some have gone to see up close what is having such a big impact on their lives. However, one couple were arrested for trespassing and dunking items into the lava… coins, forks, golf clubs, and an egg beater. They paid a fine and were embarrassed by it, but were just overwhelmed by curiosity.

    Check out this 2012 video; it’s amazing how careless people are around lava…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf4wKY8PJtg

    • I don’t mean to promote such a disrespectful video, but it seems that these people are just as guilty as the couple that were recently fined. There wasn’t even a moment of appreciation for what they were witnessing before slamming the shovel into it.

    • WE DON’T APPROVE of people being STUPID and not only disrespecting the LAW. but the CULTURE of HAWAII and it’s people…you don’t fuck with Pele…simple as that…I would love to see lava flow, but I would do it from a distance and be respectful to all.

    • dumb fuckahas in that video….mahalo Mark…I’ll be posting that t my facebook page…the condescending mockery of the Chanting at 4 mins in is even more disrespectful!!! I WANT TO FIND THESE TORU GUIDES!!!

      • It turns out that she’s very intelligent, but obviously clueless about Hawaiian culture and the impact her video would have. Those “guides” didn’t do her any favors.

        It just goes to show that if want to tour Hawaii without embarrassing yourself by desecrating the land, you’d better call Bruce and Wayde.

      • I can forgive ignorance and western callousness because most American’s just aren’t taught to have respect for other cultures especially when their beliefs may be rooted in ancient practices and superstitions. Then the chanting started and it was clear they were just mocking others. At that point I was done. Couldn’t watch anymore. The video comments didn’t help either. Flaming posts from people who claim to represent real Hawaiians just made them look backwards. I’m hoping you’ve had a chance to cool off and realize that posting this video on facebook will just incite unnecessary anger and is anything but Aloha.

        • The video was needed to make people aware…Aloha spirit is an interesting thing…If you don’t know the history of Hawaii and the Ali’i Nui…you would know there was a place and time for the Aloha Spirit and a Place and time to Kill!

  4. In my limited experience and observations of being in Hawaii, the biggest difference bt the islands and a place like Chicago where I live is the culture and connection with the ‘aina. In big cities no one cares or thinks about the land. The only thing to do around here is go to shopping malls and spend spend spend. There are no amazing hikes or beaches that people can care about. One of the things I love most about Hawaii is when you are there, you realize there is more to life than just making money and working. Chicago is also a melting pot like Hawaii but there is no commonality between the groups that breeds harmony. In Hawaii I feel like it’s the ‘aina that helps brings everyone together. It’s hard to describe the feeling but when you are there you can feel it.

  5. i wonder why more people on the BI in lava zones don’t decide to build their homes on hills or at least on concrete/steel poles? tons of homes in Hawaii are built up already to allow for a garage below, it’d be as simple as not using wood for the stilts. Then you’re not diverting anything and might just lose your covered parking area.

    anyway, good podcast guys.

    • Nick…great points…build your home up on Tungsten Posts…The melting point for Tungsten is 3,700 degrees…Lava flows at a temp toping out at 2,200 degrees…It would cost you bigtime…but it would save your home! Nick…lets do it!

  6. Thanks for doing this show guys! The Aloha spirit does exist and you talked about people whom get it and then carry it back to their home. I can attest to this Aloha spirit! Ever since I left Oahu back in 1997 I’ve had such a strong feeling for the island and missed it so bad I actually resorted to watching reruns of Magnum PI just to see the island. Now that’s sick!!!

    Two days ago a guy at work asked me why I talk about Hawaii so much and I simply answered, ” you have to go there and live it for a while and then you’ll completely understand where I’m coming from”, he just tilted his head like a dog and gave me a strange look.
    It’s unexplainable, but I love it!
    I told my wife should I die before her I want to be cremated and part of my ashes put in the ocean on the North shore and the rest can be taken to Thailand with her.
    Hawaii is a melting pot and it’s great!
    Thanks again for doing this show!

    • You totally get it Ray…I watch 50 and Magnum reruns and I live here! I think I watch it to remember the way Oahu use to be…I don’t even live getting on a plane to leave Hawaii…what’s crazy is if you live in Hawaii and leave for a vacation…coming back home to Hawaii is never a hard thing to do…in fact, Im always excited to go back home to Hawaii…who does that after a vacation??? lol…Cremated is a wise choice…I’ll be cremated and put at two locations…the logoons of Kaiona and inspiration point up in Manoa valley…both Heaven to me and from Mauka to Makai.

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