I heard this years ago; it moved me then, and it moves me whenever I think of it. I thought now is a good time to share it with others.
As we look to the future and address our challenges, let’s first address the proverbial question:
Is the glass half-full or half-empty?
For some, the involved, the optimistic, the problem solvers, the glass is half-full.
We also realize there are others who will see the glass as half-empty.
Yet, there are a few who will see the glass 100% full: some air, some water and a sparkle of light.
Air, water and light.
In old Hawai‘i, the air of your breath – “Ha” – symbolized life, your breath of life. “Ha” is your spirit, your heritage.
In Hawai‘i and essentially in all cultures – water meant life and growth. In Hawai‘i – “Wai” – fresh water; a life force – it meant abundance and wealth.
Light symbolizes the creator – “I” – Supreme.
Ha – wai – i … the place of life’s breath with abundant life-giving waters of the Creator.
The world is changing; let’s work together and change it for the better.
The challenge is to improve people’s lives, without compromising Hawai‘i’s special economic, social, cultural or environmental qualities.
There are many challenges ahead, problems to solve, issues to address and opportunities to explore.
Let’s work together and continue to make Hawai‘i a great place to live.
If the answers were easy we wouldn’t be here.
We need to work together, stay informed and share what we learn.
Keep in context another important Hawaiian term – Aloha.
Aloha is more than a word of greeting or farewell.
Aloha means love, compassion, mercy, sympathy, pity, kindness, sentiment, grace, charity; greeting, salutation, regards; sweetheart, lover, loved one; beloved, loving, kind, compassionate, charitable, lovable; to love, be fond of; to show kindness, mercy, charity …
Aloha means mutual regard and affection – and extends warmth, generosity and caring … with no obligation in return.
Bridges also became necessary. Perhaps the first was a footbridge across the Wailuku River in Hilo, described in 1825. The first important span on O‘ahu was the Beretania Street bridge built over Nu‘uanu Stream in 1840.