Navigating Life

Navigating Life

ʽIke i ke au nui, me ke au iki. Know the big currents, know the little currents As with other sea-faring cultures, Hawaiians used nature to guide them on their journey.  At sea, the sun, moon, stars, wind, waves, and birds were used to navigate.  Vigilant study of all...
Steps to Success

Steps to Success

The story is told of a young man who decided to climb the ladder of success. He put in long hours, sacrificed Saturdays with his family, and eventually inched his way up to the top rung on the corporate ladder — only to find his ladder was against the wrong...
A Year of Enlightenment

A Year of Enlightenment

I am thrilled to say that today marks  one year since I started this blog journey and I want to thank all of you have traveled it with me so far. Being able to share my thoughts, goals, and aspirations with you has brought me that much closer to the realization of...
A Year of Gratitude

A Year of Gratitude

As I approach the first anniversary of my blog I took a look back at all I have to be grateful for in the past year and beyond there, what has brought me here. I have kept journals for a very long time and one thing I find consistent in them are my gratitude lists and...
Dry Seasons

Dry Seasons

Dry seasons come and go. In some areas of the world the dry season is the winter months and the earth is waiting for the wash of spring rains. For writers and artists, those dry seasons also come and go. So, looking at how nature works through a dry season can give us...
A Year of Enlightenment

Under the Kukui Tree

Thought it might be a good time to repost this one. Under the Kukui Tree…The kukui tree in my backyard has been one of the main sources of enlightenment for this new journey of Alaka’i Associates. It began as a sapling carried down from the Koolau and...
Leaving Tracks

Leaving Tracks

“On your journey through the sands of time…leave tracks…” ~ anonymous~ This quote was on a card I once received from a co-worker and it just struck such a chord for me that I keep it posted right in front of me at my desk. It is a constant...
Navigation

Navigation

As we welcome the Hokulea voyaging canoe home to Hawaii after its voyage around the world, I thought this olelo no`eau, Hawaiian proverb, was most appropriate to share in the perspective of our own journeys. ʽIke i ke au nui, me ke au iki. Know the big currents, know...
Inspiration 2

Inspiration 2

This is a poem that I keep returning to as I find it speaks to the perseverance and hope that we all need from time to time. The Journey by David Whyte Above the mountains the Geese turn into the light again painting their black silhouettes on an open sky. Sometimes...
Inspiration 1

Inspiration 1

Along my journey there are stories and poems that I just find timeless and keep in my archives to retrieve now and then. Here is one.. The Sea Horse  Author – Unknown Once upon a time a Sea Horse gathered up his seven pieces of eight and cantered out to find his...
The Moon

The Moon

The Moon…. Mahina and Mahealani are two Hawaiian words associated with the moon and have a special connection for me. Somehow the full moon has always had a powerful energy for me, so much so that I would have to be careful if I was driving on the night of a...
Kohola

Kohola

Kohola…another very strong spirit animal in my journey is the kohola (humpback whale). My experience with them started with Jacob’s involvement with Ocean Project. These majestic giants grace our Hawaiian waters every year after a long journey from the...
Honu

Honu

Honu…you may have noticed my affinity for honu (green sea turtle). It first began with Jacob’s connection to CT and Mel on Maui. Jacob had a gift for drawing and was mentored by them through the Ocean Project. His drawings are still seen on their rack...
Butterflies

Butterflies

Butterflies…Such a perfect analogy for transformation. That was how I felt as I began to uncover that authentic me.  Slowly revealing beauty and strength to fly to new horizons. I also recognized the need for me to acknowledge gratitude for those who have always...