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A self-described mother martyr goes on a solo journey and rediscovers the value of her own joy.
"It was relief not envy that poured through me after reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s September O article, “Self, Centered.” Instead of viewing solo spiritual journeys as, “irresponsible, frivolous,” or “selfish,” she argued it was a human “right” and even necessary.
Envy would have been an understandable response. As a stay at home mom with two little kids, bathroom time was my only alone time. I was al..."
Jane Murao says she was frustrated with the process of delivering Ikea products to Hawaii, so she launched Haul2hi. The company specializes in bringing Ikea’s furniture and other products to the Islands.
Convenience reigns when it comes to health. This is indicative in plastic water bottles and snack subscription boxes. But when diet fads fade, where do you go to fill up physically, emotionally and spiritually? Use these ancient practices described in Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom to revamp and spring clean your eating.
Many kick start the New Year with a new physical exercise routine. But a creative mind can also get weak with neglect. A robust creative life takes just as much effort as a healthy sweat session. If you’re in need of novel practices to shake up your normal routine, here are a few low and high impact exercises to inspire more impromptu creative moments.
Give me a cup of tea and well-worn book, and the outside noise quiets in reverence to the words on a page. There is something sacred about the written word. It’s the one constant while friends, jobs and situations ebb and flow.
BEFORE BECOMING A global franchise operation, L&L began in the 1950s as a modest business called L&L Dairy, owned by father and son Robert Lee and Robert Lee Jr. That restaurant, now called L&L Drive-Inn, still stands at 1711 Liliha St. in Kalihi, but today it is one of 190, thanks to L&L president and CEO Eddie Flores Jr. and his team.
Seeing legendary Don Ho fly through the air in a tiki is one of the treasures to be found at 'Ulu 'ulu:
Being a parent teaches me a lot of things. Sometimes it forces me to learn things I’d rather not learn. Things like how to survive the world with less than a few hours of sleep or how to cook dinner with a crying toddler and un-soothable five-month old or how to be patient when you haven’t slept in three years. Things like that.
onprofits always need specialized help at an affordable price. Meanwhile, skilled professionals want meaningful volunteer opportunities that go beyond stuffing envelopes. Rachael Chong says Catchafire solves both issues with a database that connects businesspeople’s skills with nonprofits’ needs.
It’s an economical and eco-friendly way to eliminate overgrowth on land, and the workers are cute and quiet.
Chris Wilcox, then a boat captain for a fish-farming operation on Hawaii Island, switched gears in 2013 and started Big Island Goat Dozers, which uses goats to clear land for homeowners and homeowner associations.
Disappointed with a neighborhood Santa Claus as a kid, Mike Ching has made it his mission for three decades to offer a better Santa experience for his clients.
It’s all in the details. Some of his custom-made Santa suits weigh almost 50 pounds and take about 30 minutes to get into. Each are outfitted with accessories such as gold buckles and real black boots because kids recognize the difference. “We heard kids say this Santa is real cause he has real boots,” says Ching.
Whole Life Magazine - January/February 2015
The minute you step off the plane in Hawaii, your heart rate slows, breathing deepens and stress instantly melts. Being in Hawaii makes you feel not just physically better, but spiritually and emotionally as well. Should we credit tropical breezes, warm sand and the soothing sound of waves? Maybe all of these, but it’s also the local culture that exudes a serene sense of soulful living. So why not cultivate a kamaʻāina (Hawaiian for “child of the land”) state of mind wherever you are? Aloha shirt is optional.
Jobs. cultural preservation. The environment. These issues offer challenges to Hawaii today and solving them is no small feat, but Solomon Enos is attempting to tackle each with every stroke of his paintbrush.
The best gift you can give your kids is the gift of appreciation. However, this goes beyond simply saying, "Thank you." The key is to engage your kids in fun, and interactive activities that will foster life-long skills of empathy and compassion.