A Christmas Story

This is the time of year when we tell the story of a baby born in a manager who, as a man, proclaimed nativity-2015-12-19the God among us, within us and beyond us. It is a story that tends to get lost in the hoopla of buying stuff and of decoration.

In a world racked by conflict and stressed by climate change and mass extinction will the Christmas message of hope and transformation be sufficient for our world’s profound need? In a world shaped by materialism is it any wonder that the world is cursed with exploitation and devastating poverty. Our world is the story of distorted meanings and shallow purpose which is at the heart of the ecological and social justice crises surrounding us.

Hawaiians have a word, pono, that to me embodies the meaning of Christmas.  To be pono means we must live in harmony with each other and with the world around us. It means we must do the right thing. Pono is about living a righteous life in harmony with all living earth.

We live in a world caught up in confusion and distortions and lies. Many of our leaders promote a world where wealth and power overwhelm love and community, a world where ownership replaces stewardship, a world where shallow religion excuses corruption and greed. Only when we reject this gospel of hate can we hope to live in a pono world.  Intervention is necessary.

We must tell the true message of Christmas. God is with us when we understand His creation.  The very survival of our grandchildren requires us to live pono in harmony with each other and with the world around us.

The Christmas story is one of great good news when we tell it in the context of overcoming oppression and exploitation, of renew community and establishing pono relationships. But it is up to us to make it happen.  It will only happen when we work together to solve local, regional and global problems.

But that Christmas story — that transformational, liberating, joyous story — needs to be explicit. In a world seduced by wealth and power, a world where the “other” is feared or used, where individualism smothers community — in our world, the Christmas story loses meaning if we don’t push the challenging message of our need to live pono.

The Christmas story can be lost in commercialization.

We and the earth are at a cross roads. We can choose to pursue money and power at the expense of others, or we can choose to live pono on a sustainable earth with dignity and respect for all living things.  The true Christmas message is one of Peace on Earth and Goodwill to men. Nono pono.

Hana Like Newsletter 1/2014

Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, HI
                                                            Kaneohe Bay is my beautiful back yard.

Resilience – Teamwork makes it happen

Section 1 Personal Resilience

 Make a go-kit  A go kit contains the supplies you will need when you have to take shelter from a hurricane or other potential disaster.  Food, water, medicines, 1st aide kit, blankets and a change of clothes.  Take only what you can fit under a cot.  You will have 10 square feet per person.

 Go to your shelter early.  They will fill up fast and you may be turned away.  Our high schools are designated  as primary shelters.  If you are in a reinforced concrete building, shelter in place.  If you live in a single wall home, expect it to be destroyed by a category 3 huricane.  Read more.

Organize your Neighborhood  Nextdoor.com is social media for neighborhoods.  Only neighbors who live within the NextDoor designated neighborhood can participate.  Our Mikiola Community uses our NextDoor community to do everything from reporting crimes and suspicious activities to hunting for a lost cat.

Preparing the neighborhood  You need to know who in you neighborhood needs special help and who has special skills.  You need to organize and train a Citizens Emergency Response Team(CERT).  You need to know who has HAM radio equipment and you need to have  a couple of walkie talkies so you can stay in touch with family and call for help when necessary.

Plan to be able to campout for at least 5 days and potentially a month.  It will take that long for Rescue Organizations to reach us.

Section 2 – Financial Resilience

We help people live their dreams.  The more successful they are the more successful I become.  It is a win for everyone and nothing is more fulfilling than helping people live their dreams.  I do not think a job is the answer to helping us be more financially resilient. I look for business opportunities that provide residual income.  What I do must be something anyone can duplicate working their business a few hours a week and the start up cost of the business has to be within the reach of the average person.

SendOutCards is the best business I have found.  Take a look at this link to really understand the income potential of this business.  Also, I am working with a company that provides me the tools I need to market on the internet.  Their training in using their tools and in internet marketing is outstanding.

Let us know if an internet business interests you.  The potential is huge, and working together we can make our dreams a reality.

Gratitude is a thought.  Expressing gratitude is a process.  Do it often.

Section 3 – Malama Aina – Caring for the earth. 

Elections are on us again.  Nothing is more important than electing legislators who believe it is important to care for our environment.  The decisions we make to day will determin our grand childrens future.  No the record of the candidate you are voting for.  VoteSmart.com is a great resource to research the record of your candidates.  Know who you are voting for.  Look at what they do – not what they say.

The future of Kawainui Marsh in Kailua is being determined with the community discussions of the Kawainui Marsh Master Plan.  The Outdoor Circle has abandoned the Conceptual Plan for the Marsh they developed in the 50s when they were fighting the proposal to turn the Marsh into another Hawaii Kai.  The proposed Master Plan incorporates all of the features proposed in the original plan.

The Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle is fighting to maintain the status quo.  The want no access to the marsh, no trails, no education center.  There is consensus that the resources and Hawaiian culture related to the marsh are important and need to be protected.

Where conflict arises is on how the marsh is used and interpreted.  One side wants the marsh to be left alone.  The other wants the passive recreational potential, basically a trail around the marsh, to be developed with small parking lots giving access at key locations around the marsh.  They are working to recreate a lowland native ecosystem in some areas bordering the marsh and the advocate for an education center where the signifiance of this wetland of international importance can be shared with the world.

Check the Hawaii Environmental Hui to join the discussion shaping the future of Kawainui Marsh.

World Wetland Day is Febrary 8, 2014 and will be celebrated on the grounds of the Kailua Methodist Church from 9am to 1:30pm.

E komo mai  Enjoy:

  • Wetland Exhibits
  • Tours of Kawainui/Hamakua Marsh
  • Sale of Hawaiian plants and food
  • Hawaiian Entertainment
  • Guest speakers talk about the Marsh.

Learn about why Kawainui Marsh has been designated a RAMSAR wetland of international importance.  This is a place of rich historical, cultural and natural history significance.