What is #LightTheWorld?

What is #LightTheWorld? You’ve probably seen it by now; your facebook feed shows your friends adding “Light the World” frames to their profile pictures, an instagram photo shows a family donating water bottles with the #lighttheworld, or you see signs or posters with these three bold letters with pictures of Mary holding a newborn babe. So what is it? #LightTheWorld is a campaign run by … Continue reading What is #LightTheWorld?

Mahalo to Our Veterans

In honor of Veteran’s Day, I thought it would be nice to write a mahalo to our veterans. Especially in the month of November, people tend to focus more on gratitude. In Hawaii, the word for thank you is “mahalo” and the concept of mahalo is to be grateful in all things, both in good and bad circumstances. Both on the good and the bad … Continue reading Mahalo to Our Veterans

5 Types of Tourists in Hawaii

I thought it would be fun to write a little article about the types of tourists you might see in Hawaii. This can definitely be applied to any place you go, but from my observations, travels, and just from being a tourist myself, I think there are certain types of tourists all over. Can you figure out what kind of tourist you are? Local Tourist … Continue reading 5 Types of Tourists in Hawaii

Local Expectations vs. Tourist Expectations

  I was super bummed. When someone asked me to “introduce the real Hawaii” to them while I was in my hometown, Hilo, I took that job pretty seriously. I took my mainland friend to both sides of the island, made them try some local grinds, and showed them some of my favorite spots. But when those efforts weren’t recognized or appreciated in the way … Continue reading Local Expectations vs. Tourist Expectations

5 Reasons to Love the Big Island of Hawaii

You can take the girl out of the islands, but you can’t take the islands out of the girl. I recently watched an old friend’s music video about Hilo (and you can watch it here too!), and his love of Hilo reminded me of my love for the island. My happy memories of the island resurfaced and maybe I’m biased, but I think a lot … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Love the Big Island of Hawaii

An Open Letter to Utah Drivers

Dear Utah Drivers, I wouldn’t be writing this letter if I hadn’t almost died almost every single day I’ve been driving here in Utah. You’re probably thinking, “That’s such an exaggeration,” but it really isn’t. Coming from Hawaii, I can still remember the first time I got onto the freeway to visit my great aunt in Salem, Utah. They say new drivers have white knuckles. … Continue reading An Open Letter to Utah Drivers

Why Kindness Matters

There’s one thing my coworker said that really made me think–and it wasn’t even related to feelings or thoughts. He always wears sweaters, and at the beginning of the week, when he wore a sweater and the weather was still drenched in the summer heat, I asked how he could stand it. He said, “I must be broken because I always want to wear a … Continue reading Why Kindness Matters

5 Real Stereotypes about Polynesian Families (and why it sucks sometimes)

I don’t like to write about things that upset me because I don’t want to go off on a rant, but there are a few things about Polynesian stereotypes that have always bothered me, and I think it’s about time I just got it out of my system. I’ve been writing a memoir and as I’ve written about my family, extended family, hanai family, and … Continue reading 5 Real Stereotypes about Polynesian Families (and why it sucks sometimes)

How to Celebrate a Mainland Graduation Hawaiian Style

I’m always so proud of people when they graduate from college because it’s such a huge accomplishment. All the work, time, money, and stress that goes into it deserves recognition. This past week I went up to Rexburg, Idaho with my great aunt to attend and celebrate my brother-in-law’s graduation. I can’t even begin to say how proud I am of him. Roger is a … Continue reading How to Celebrate a Mainland Graduation Hawaiian Style

6 Ways to Celebrate Freedom This Year

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

-President Abraham Lincoln

What a poignant quote from honest Abe. I’ve had such a difficult time my whole life trying to understand why people choose to be stupid. If someone knows something is bad for them then why do they do it? Or if they know that something is going to benefit them, then why don’t they do it? But as I’ve grown older, I’ve come to realize that agency, or the freedom of choice, is essential. It’s not a nice commodity or suggestion, it’s something that is essential for our growth and learning in this mortal life. Click on the link to read more… Continue reading 6 Ways to Celebrate Freedom This Year