Saturday, April 18, 2015

Let's make island! ... HO'OMOKU

Pete and I open the door to The Safety Pin Cafe, where story is at the heart of service, and expand the menu for our community. The tables welcome the community in a journey based on na waiwai Hawaii, Hawaiian values. With the poi bowl readied, the 'aumakua (ancestors) welcomed with 'oli (chant), and the families of this Tscha-kole-chy (Whidbey Island) community seated and welcomed, we ask for permission to share/teach and learn what we need to learn. "Let's make island!" is the rallying chant and rough translation of the Hawaiian word HO'OMOKU.
Beginning in July, 2015 small groups meet once a week for 4 weeks. In July Session One focuses on MALAMA (caring for land, sky, sea, and beings). August's Session Two focuses on 'OLELO (Hawaiian vocabulary, and poetry). Session Three focuses on KILO (observation) and our Tscha-kole-chy (Whidbey Island) community links up with a Pacific-wide Lunar Conference held on O'ahu, Hawaii. Session Four focuses on ULU (thriving and growing). This session will take place sometime during the Makahiki Season (usually late October/early November - February)

 HO'OMOKU is a vision made solid, just as a coral reef becomes solid, one polyp one step at a time. A coral reef grows into an island. The words of our kupuna tell us that,  "He puko 'a kani 'aina." A person beginning in a small way gains steadily until he becomes firmly established. With the values of Hawaii in tact from head to toe, Mokihana grows Hawaii where she is today on Tscha-kole-chy (Whidbey Island) with a wish to grow a community curious, and passsionate about Hawaiian values and how these values contribute to our Island Earth.

HO'OMOKU has its own site here.  

Coral spawning in Washington


  1. Nice Blog to learn Safety ... Keep doing the Great service

  2. It's very interesting to learn about the Hawaiian way and culture, Mokihana. I have become quite interesting in the subject of community building and cohesion lately - maybe people can learn from Hawaiian values.


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