Category Archives: Hawaiian Values

Earth Day Hawaii

A call fo everyone to care to care for the Earth

Mālama i Ka `Āina

The Hawaiian word for earth is `āina. Derived from the verb `ai, which means to eat or nourish and the suffix na, `āina literally means that which feeds, nurtures and sustains life. Terrestrially and spiritually, the `āina was traditionally associated with the feminine principle Haumea and the Hawaiian Earth-mother goddess, Papa.

The ancient Hawaiians were an agriculturally oriented society with a genuine reverence, respect and aloha (love) for the `āina. The `āina was sacred, the source of sustenance and the Hawaiian’s continued existence as an indigenous people. They practiced conservation, preservation and protection of the Earth`s natural resources. They maintained balanced environmental eco systems and lived holistically with all of nature. They embraced the philosophy that if you take care of the `āina, the `āina will take care of you.

Sadly, the `āina of Hawai`i today is oversaturated with people and cars and our ocean is polluted. Once abundant Hawaiian natural resources are depleted and invasive foreign species are destroying our flora and fauna. The traditional concept of “Aloha `Āina” is gone from the hearts of island residents. As Hawaiians, we have been inherently entrusted with the designated kuleana (responsibility) to serve as stewards of the land and to mālama i ka `āina (care for the Earth). Therefore, it is important that we observe of Earth Day on April 22, 2017 and unite in support of environmental protection and preserving the natural resources of our beloved Hawaiian `āina and all the precious resources and gifts of nature all over the world – on the land, the sea and the sky.

Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka `Aina I Ka Pono

The Life of the land is Perpetuated in Righteousness.

Conquering Challenges

Traditional Hawaiian Values Empower Teen Ambassadors Conguering Life’s Greatest Challenges with Aloha Kahu Silva had the pleasure of performing a unique Hawaiian blessing of the members of the Teen Advisory Council Summit gathered at the Hina Mauka care office in Kāne`ohe. The 22 high school students were chosen from all socio-economic levels from every major… Continue Reading

The Chosen Ones

  Kahu Inspires the “Chosen Ones” at the Convening of the Hawaii State Senate Session  (January 30, 2014) Kahu Silva was invited to share some inspirational mana`o (thoughts) at the convening of the Hawai`i State Senate session. Journeying back to “ka wa kahiko” (the days of old Hawaii), Kahu began his presentation with an introduction… Continue Reading

Hawaiian Values Guide to Business

Staffing Solutions of Hawai`i employment agency president Linda Kracher and her friendly staff helped Kahu Silva perform a traditional Hawaiian blessing for the grand opening of their new Honolulu office. Kahu Silva was interested to learn that Staffing Solutions uses the Hawaiian values system as their guiding principles for their company. An expert on na… Continue Reading

Unconditional Aloha

Talking About Aloha…  Our furry and much cherished members of the ohana – our canine companions – can teach us a big lesson about aloha. Our faithful pals give us the purest form of love  – unconditional love. They are always eager to please and their antics make us happy and healthy. How could these… Continue Reading

A Tribute to Hawaii`s Queen Lili`uokalani on Her Birthday

Lydia Paki Kamakaeha Lili`uokalani (September 2, 1838-1917) September 2nd marks the birthday of Queen Lili`uokalani the last reigning monarch of the sovereign nation and Kingdom of Hawai`i. As Hawai`i celebrates her life, commemorates her reign, and recalls the many contributions of this beloved queen of the islands, it is befitting that we take this opportunity… Continue Reading

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