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Shared mahalo, mo‘olelo and mana‘o

These are words of mahalo, of mo‘olelo and of mana‘o, shared on this website by our users, to help all of us find the strength we need to get through these challenging times. E kūpa‘a kākou. Stand strong together.

April 3, 3:13 p.m.

Name: Kūlani Calina

Hometown: Hilo

Mahalo, mo‘olelo or mana‘o: Howzit mai kākou: Ha`alulu o loko...`Ae. Akā, pono mākou e nānā i ke kumu...look to the source and be encouraged. Covid-19 has allowed me to reflect on our collective history. I remember mo`olelo about those first navigators leading a migration across the vast Pacific, 'How much did they sacrifice, what did they leave behind?' When measles and smallpox ravaged our kupuna, 'Did they lose hope?' When the King's Band toured the continent, sharing our Queen’s story through music, 'Did they fear reprisal?' I feel humbled by their journeys, but recognize blueprints for us today. We can face Covid-19 with Pauahi's faith, we are a united kaiāulu. "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

April 3, 10:50 a.m.

Name: Alli

Hometown: Kuliouʻouʻou

Mahalo, mo‘olelo or mana‘o: We've been given the gift of time. As a working mom of two young children (ages 4 and 2) I've missed many firsts through the years. The blessings of working from home in the last 2 weeks have been less about activities or fun projects and more about the little day-to-day things that I wouldnʻt otherwise get to experience. I get to be there when both of my kids wake up in the morning; I get to be there when they eat all their meals; I get to hear my 2 year old learn new words and phrases; I get to hear their laughter as they play together; I get to break up fights when they donʻt get along; This isnʻt how any of us envisioned our lives to be but what a gift we have in spending time with those we love and cherish the most.

March 31, 3:44 p.m.

Name: Mark

Hometown: Waiʻanae

Mahalo, mo‘olelo or mana‘o: I think there is so much we can learn from, during times like these. Collectively, we can forge new ways of interacting with each other. Ways that will allow us to grow stronger, while establishing a healthier relationship with our environments (both local and global.)

March 31, 2:58 p.m.

Name: Andreas

Hometown: Kapolei

Mahalo, mo‘olelo or mana‘o: Mahalo to all those workers who make it possible for us to hunker down at home. The mailman and UPS drivers who deliver all the necessary supplies (and unnecessary stuff!) we order online, the garbage collectors who pick up our empty boxes and trash, and everyone else who help us live our daily lives as normal as we can — mahalo nui loa!

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