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5 Ways Nature Can Heal You

I went to Bear Lake this past week, and I think it definitely makes it into the list of my most memorable experiences--and that’s for a variety of reasons, the biggest being the fact that nature is a healer. I’ve been pretty tired and put out about a lot of things in my life lately,… Continue reading 5 Ways Nature Can Heal You

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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… Continue reading Why Kindness Matters

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

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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… Continue reading How to Celebrate a Mainland Graduation Hawaiian Style

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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...

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5 Reasons I’m an American Before a Hawaiian

The Fourth of July is my other favorite holiday besides Christmas, and because it is, my next few posts will all be Patriotic-themed. I love being a citizen of the United States of America. I take a lot of pride in learning about our heritage and recognizing many of my brave ancestors who sacrificed so… Continue reading 5 Reasons I’m an American Before a Hawaiian

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8 Things I Learned at the Manti Pageant

I looked forward all week to attending the Manti Pageant--and not only because I was able to get out of work early. 😉 I was looking forward to having my spirits lifted by good company and wholesome entertainment. Manti Pageant certainly delivered.   As I reflect on my experience in attending the pageant, I found… Continue reading 8 Things I Learned at the Manti Pageant

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The Truth About Summer Bodies

I’m so ready to have a good summer. I’m excited to eat more watermelon, maybe find a good shave ice place in Utah, and, above all, get fit. Of course the idea situation is that you would want to get fit before summer hits, but hey, better late than never right?   What are your… Continue reading The Truth About Summer Bodies

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Joys and Woes of Polynesian Dads

  I think pretty much all dads are the same: tough on the outside but having soft spots inside. The way they show that soft spot is different for each dad. This Father’s Day I decided to focus mostly on Polynesian dads, because they are very much like other dads, except there are a few… Continue reading Joys and Woes of Polynesian Dads

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A Few Thoughts on Mainland Luaus

I actually think it’s really cute and fun when people have “luaus” or Hawaii-themed parties on the mainland. I’m a Hawaiian girl through and through, and even though these kind of events are pretty fake (involving synthetic leis and overly bright aloha shirts) and not even culturally accurate, I love that the concept of “Hawaii”… Continue reading A Few Thoughts on Mainland Luaus