Lā 157: Our kupuna never had to destroy or desecrate for advancement. We have to haʻa ourselves so we can lift our fellow kanaka up higher... honor our kupuna and hold the light for our children.
Noʻonoʻo on the now....
He mau manaʻo no nā lā a pau: What have YOU done for our lāhui lately? Ua hoʻokō i KOU kuleana?
With sincerest aloha, my pule are continuous in the hopes that we focus i loko. Our kupuna once lived in a balanced, systematic flow because of their respect for themselves, those around them and their ʻāina because they knew and honored their wahi, station/place in life. Nohona Hawaiʻi flourished and was perpetual because of the aloha and respect they had for one another because of the aloha and respect they had for themselves and those closest to them first. Our kupuna never had to destroy or desecrate for advancement.
As we look to the past for our current generation to holomua, we have to remember our sense of kuleana in all that we say and do....despite the hewa, ʻino and confusion that may surround us. We have to haʻa ourselves so we can lift our fellow kanaka up higher... honor our kupuna and hold the light for our children.
The ʻeha we feel as we learn and grow in the truth cannot be taken out on each other. Our people are a kākou (all of us/we (inclusive)) people... wale no ...kikopau. Mahalo to my hoa for that spark of ʻike. we/this has never and will never be an ʻoukou or mākou (you all/us (exclusive)) thing... Its always and only been a kākou thing. We will ALL be held back or stay stagnant, or we will ALL move forward.
No laila, the public displays of hewa towards each other, especially towards our fellow kanaka, has got to stop. We need to encourage each other thru further education on a variety of levels and woven thru a variety of avenues.
Keeping each other accountable and in check is also a must. Kūkākūkā is healthy, hoʻoponopono is healthy, but can only work for and thru aloha. Dont mislead or be misled by negativity. Hilinaʻi your naʻau and pule for guidance from our ʻaumākua and kūpuna. As you receive, always make sure you give... keep the cycle of light flowing.
Think of what you do for your lāhui everyday. Think of what you did yesterday, what youre doing today, and what youre gonna do tomorrow. Know that lāhui is inclusive of our ʻaina, ourselves, those that came before us and those who are yet to come.
Take steps towards a positive lifestyle in service of our Hawaiʻi ... And always start with your self, then your ohana, then your community and beyond. Look at how your job feeds or starves our lāhui - physically, emotionally and spiritually. Look at your childs education - are you sending them to a school based on its convenience or for their overall well being as a pono kanaka? How often do you visit/talk with your kupuna? If theyve crossed over, can you honestly look yourself in the mirror and know that you are making them proud? Hows your physical health and diet? Does your keiki and ʻohana know what mea ʻai Hawaiʻi really is? Do you opt for fast food over food from the land? Whens the last time you went to malama ʻāina? Do you and your keiki know what that means? Do you help to keep our ʻaina clean everyday? Do you put your kino into the honua and kai regularly and with reverence and humility to mahalo our island home? In and thru our ʻōlelo makuahine you can uncover so much of our ʻike. So pehea kou ʻōlelo? This self reflection can go on. As you answer, think, "now what will I do about it?"
Nobody has ever been and will ever be perfect....We are a culture and people who learn thru action.The act of listening, the acts of speaking and writing, of working, and perpetuating those actions.
So once again, before you judge and point a finger at your fellow kanaka and their organizations, please consider these manaʻo... Take your mind off the ʻino of money and replace it all with the service and blessings of aloha. mai poina that 'kū i ka pono', 'kūʻē i ka hewa' and especially, ʻkapu aloha,' is for yourself first. I believe we ALL have a kuleana to pick our battles and fight them. We must do this thru and for aloha and believe and trust that we are all going to end up at the same positive place as a lāhui. Were all in the same war and we must respect the battles each other chooses. This is kōnane and we must strategize and maneuver accordingly. This is not going to be easy, it has been and may continue to be a struggle with some suffering for alot of us... but we must hoʻomau and be mākaukau to the best of our abilities. E hoʻomākaukau kākou, e kōkua, a e ola mau KĀKOU! Be the aloha you want to see in this world.
And always question, what have YOU done for our lāhui lately? Ua hoʻokō i KOU kuleana? Because we need everybody for our tomorrow.
Source Auhea Diamond Patoc