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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Jason Poole, Accidental Hawaiian Crooner, Molokai, Halawa Valley, Aloha i kekahi i kekahi

Sharing Aloha is something everyone can do.

It doesn’t need to be a grand gesture.

It can be simple:

Nourishing and caring for the self, both in mind and body, so that we can present our best selves to the world

Taking a deep breath to center yourself before engaging in a conversation.

Offering your seat to someone on a crowded bus or subway

Holding the door for someone

A kind smile as you pass someone on the street 

Saying “Aloha” to a friend or neighbor (or even – gulp! – a stranger!)

We CAN make a difference in the world by starting with our own actions. Simply Sharing Aloha in our own way can make a diffence, one person at a time. A ripple effect, as the wave of Aloha spreads out and reaches more and more people.

Aloha i kekahi i kekahi. Love one another

We need your simple acts of Aloha. Today. Right now. Always.

Right on.

How can YOU share Aloha in the world today?

*Please leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you.

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Aloha, gang.

I went to the gym today.  I’d love to tell you that I’ve been going regularly for the last several months.

I haven’t.

I haven’t gone in a while.  But there are things that need to be done.  Simple things like taking care of this body I’ve been given: eating well; exercising regularly; drinking enough water; sleeping (as) soundly (as possible) at night; meditating; filling my mind with healthy things, beneficial things.

I haven’t been doing those things lately.  Well, not with any sense of regularity.

Earlier this month, my young nephew received a FitBit as birthday present. Do you know about these things? A “simple” bracelet that tracks your steps, your sleep, the number of floors that you walk up.  It’s pretty incredible.  It helps to make the wearer more aware of what they’re doing.

And because I’m competitive, I got one, too. (James got one, too. We compete, seeing who can accrue the most steps every day.) And it’s made me very, very aware.  I didn’t know how sedentary I’ve become.  I wasn’t aware of how little sleep I managed to get every night; and how the sleep I did get was restless and UNrefreshing. (Maybe the “spare tire” around my waist and the dark circles under my eyes and the  should have been clues?)

Having that little device on my wrist has allowed me to “see inside myself” a little bit. It’s allowed me to get a better picture of what’s happening in my body.

This weekend, I took a good, long look at myself in the mirror. I looked tired and out of shape.  And I wasn’t happy.

So this morning I went back to the gym and M O V E D these ol’ bones and muscles. I reminded myself that it’s a privilege to be here on this planet.

And as I walked (and jogged, thank you very much) I could hear an echo of Pops’ voice in my head, saying what he always says just before we hang up the phone. “Mālama kou kino. Take care of yourself!”

I’ve got an important job to do–sharing Aloha is no small task!  And now, maybe more than ever before, it’s become even more important.  And I can’t share Aloha well if I’m not living the example, if I’m not “walking the talk” as Pops calls it. (“Walking.” How appropriate.)

So I’m moving. I’m moving.

And my eyes are open. Becoming more–even just a little more–aware.

And Iʻm writing it about it here on the blog in hopes that my “full disclosure” will help keep me accountable.  And maybe, just maybe, it will inspire you to Mālama Kou Kino, too.

Right on.

**How are YOU taking care of yourself these days?  Drop me a line in the comments!  I’d love to hear from you.

 

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HAPPY ALOHA FRIDAY!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Jason Poole, Halawa Valley, Molokai, Pilipo Solatorio, Return To Halawa, Accidental Hawaiian Crooner

Happy Aloha Friday, Gang!

Today, I’ve been doing this simple practice:

Breathing in, I allow myself to feel the warmth of Aloha.

Breathing out, I send thoughts of Aloha to all of you.

Hope you find ways to share the Spirit of Aloha with those that you meet this weekend.  We all need more it.

Right on.

*How do YOU share Aloha with folks?  Drop me a line.  I’d love to hear from you.*

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Go get ‘em, kids!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Last week, I had the opportunity to “share the stage” with about a hundred second graders–strumming and singing and dancing and, most importantly, SHARING ALOHA with their friends and family.

And I’m still grinning!

Here are some of my notes from the day:

9:00  AM:  I am standing in the school’s cafeteria tuning the ʻukuleles for today’s performance.  Tables are being folded up from the breakfast period that just ended.  Chairs are being set up in a cluster for the kids to use while they’re strumming.  My hula dancing friend, the lovely Ms. Eleanor, will be here momentarily–the kids are going to be so excited to see her!  And she brought a ti leaf skirt to wear for the performance!  How lucky are we?!

9:30 AM: The first of the five classes has just arrived in the cafeteria–with some of the biggest smiles I’ve ever seen.  ”Aloha, Mr. Jason!”  rings out through the space.  They’re wearing tissue paper/pipe cleaner leis that they’ve made in their classrooms as a surprise. They are decked out in bright colors!  Wow… trying not to show them the tears that are filling up my eyes.  My heart is so happy to be able to be a part of this experience with them.  ”Is that your hula dancer friend?”  They point to Ms. Eleanor and she makes her way over to them to talk and show them her skirt.  We are in for an awesome time.

9:45 AM:  The parents/friends/family of the kids are arriving en masse.  It’s great to see the support that these kids have from their families.  It’s a weekday.  I imagine a lot of these parents & friends have taken some time off from work to be here.  It makes the day even more special.

10:00 AM:  One last look at the kids and the show’s running order and then we’re off.  I am thirsty already.  I think I must be sweating.  But it’s not nerves.  It’s excitement.  Ok, kids!  Let’s do this!  Go get ‘em!

10:30 AM:  How is the time moving so quickly?  I mean we’re having a blast!  And I just looked down at my watch and realized that the “show” is half over.  I wish we had more time!  The kids are doing an awesome job!  Singing out with some of biggest voices I’ve heard.  And strumming the ʻukuleles so proudly.  Right on, kids!  Right on!  I know Aunty Irmgard would have loved hearing them strum & sing SASSY LITTLE MYNA BIRD!  And… throughout the performance, I’ve been asking them about things that theyʻve been learning over the last couple of weeks.  Things like  the parts of the ʻukulele, how we tune an ʻukulele, etc.  Not only are they great performers, but they’re knowledgable performers–and eager/happy to share that knowledge.  So cool!

10:45 AM:  Ms. Eleanor and I just finished our “comic hula” where we demonstrated what can happen when you don’t pay attention.  Using pūʻili (spilt bamboo rattles), we improvised a hula line and simple choreography–and I managed to get WHACKED in the head from not paying attention!  Ha!  It was great to be able to illustrate that for the kids.  Telling the kids about that in the classroom is one thing–showing them in person brings it to life.

10:55 AM  Time for the HUKILAU SONG!  All 100 kids singing and dancing at the same time!  It’s like a hula flash mob!  Did someone say that it’s “just simple hula?”  No way!  These kids know what a Hukilau is–and they can tell you all about it!  Just ask ‘em!  (That’s a story for an upcoming blog post.  Stay tuned…)

10:58 AM:  My gut says we need to finish with a teachers-only Hukilau line.  Did I mention that this is a surprise for the classroom teachers?  Yup.  But these teachers have been ultra-supportive throughout our time together.  I know they’ll do it.  The kids’ll LOVE IT!  (Post script:  the kids LOVED IT just as I’d imagined.  YES!  And the teachers looked like they were having fun, too…)

11:00 AM:  The kids surpassed even my wildest expectations.  They rocked it.  I’m completely exhausted and yet, I’m totally invigorated.  Love this!

We had 5 classes of students.

We had 26 ʻukuleles to strum.

We had 200 dancing feet. (210 dancing feet if you count the classroom teachers!)

And about 100 of the sweetest voices and 100 of the biggest smiles you’d ever seen.

I am so happy to have been allowed to be a part of that day’s celebration.  We all showed up and said YES to the task/challenge at hand.  And we did it.

They did it!

Well done, gang!  Well done.

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