More Love

When I’m sad, I deserve more love, not less. When I’m angry, I deserve more love, not less. When I’m frustrated, I deserve more love, not less. Whenever I’m hurt, heartbroken, ashamed, or feeling guilty, I deserve more love, not less. 

Even when I’m embarrassed by my actions, I deserve more love, not less. Equally so, when I’m proud of myself, I deserve more love, not less. No matter how I feel, I deserve more love, not less. Despite what I think, I deserve more love, not less. 

No matter the past that I’ve survived, I deserve more love, not less. No matter what remains up ahead, I deserve more love, not less. On my worst day, I deserve more love, not less. 

Even when life seems cruel and confusing, I deserve more love, not less. When no one is here to give me what I need, I deserve more love, not less. In remembering the greatest way I can serve the world, I deserve more love not less. No matter what I’m able to accept, whomever I cannot forgive, or whatever I’m unable to love for whatever reason, I deserve more love, not less.

– Matt Kahn

And the person to give you that love is… you 💕

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Love is

In every breath you take, love is always here. Throughout any personal encounter, love is always here. No matter what comes together or whatever is pulled apart, love is always here. In your greatest moment of achievement or even in your darkest hour of uncertainty, love is always here. Whether in the aftermath of tragedy or in the presence of your highest triumph, love is always here. When life is flowing, inspired, and harmonious, and even if it’s frustrating, annoying, painful, or inconvenient, love is always here. When you feel alone or unsupported, love is always here. No matter what you understand and despite what you have yet to figure out, love is always here. Despite your thoughts, regardless of what you choose, or how you feel, love is always here. No matter what has been done to you or whatever you believe you’ve done to others, love is always here.

– Matt Kahn

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Kia’i

Aloha e nā pua kaulana ʻo Hawaiʻi. ʻO Lāiana Kanoa-Wong kēia me ka huaʻōlelo o ka lā. Our Hawaiian word of the day is “Kiaʻi” let’s try that together mākaukau? “Kiaʻi” eō! Kiaʻi is a guardian or protector. One who has the kuleana or responsibilities of the protection and preservation of a person, place or thing. Used in a sentence “E hoʻolohe pono i nā kiaʻi” which translates as “Listen well to the guardians”. Our kiaʻi helped to maintain balance and order in the areas of their protection. In traditional stories, kiaʻi like Moʻoinanea and Lilinoe, would protect Mauna Kea, Meheanu was a famous moʻo guardian that protects the lokoiʻa or fishpond of Heʻeia. Mahalo to our many kiaʻi in our community who strive to protect and maintain balance in the beautiful pae ‘āina ‘o Hawaiʻi nei. E ola mau ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, aloha!

Surfing in Hilo, Hawaii

“When we say we are Hawaiian in the Hawaiian language we say, ‘he Hawaii au,’ which translates to ‘I am Hawaii.’ We don’t separate the person from the place, which is something that I’m very proud of. Without Hawaii, I don’t exist and without me, neither does Hawaii.” Learn about Hawaiian surfer Cliff Kopono’s journey to protect his cultural heritage, as well as the ocean that surrounds his home near Hilo, Hawaii.

Love Enough

“There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer: no disease that love will not heal: no door that enough love will not open…It makes no difference how deep set the trouble: how hopeless the outlook: how muddled the tangle: how great the mistake. A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all. If only you could love enough you would be the happiest and most powerful being in the world…”

― Emmet Fox