A Message on Love – Aloha Nui

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Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey, Trustee, Maui

I had the distinct honor and opportunity to speak to the youth of Hawaiʻi at the 11th Annual Anti-Bullying and Violence Convention. I’d like to share my message to those ʻōpio that were not present at the convention. Here is my message:

Our ʻōpio represent our future, and it is each one of you who will ultimately determine the type of world that we will live in, and what kinds of behaviors will be tolerated.

My hope is for a future where bullying and violence are not accepted.

This annual PEARL [Peace, Empathy, Acceptance, Respect, Love] Conference has such a beautiful purpose, and to the akamai leaders who put this event together, I commend all of you for a job extremely well done.

These words – peace, empathy, acceptance, respect and love – represent such beautiful concepts and ideas. We all deserve to live in a world where these words are cherished and honored.

As Hawaiians, one of our greatest strengths is that we carry with us the wisdom of our ancestors. The values that the ancient Hawaiians held are as meaningful now as they were hundreds of years ago.

Pono is a Hawaiian value. Pono means righteousness. To be pono, is to do the right thing, at the right time, in the right way, for the right reason. Being pono means treating and respecting people in a way that creates balance and harmony. Bullying has no place in a pono lifestyle.

But Hawai’iʻs gift to the world, and the foundational value of our Hawaiian culture, is aloha.

Aloha means a lot more than just “hello” and “goodbye.” It literally means “love” – as well as “kindness, compassion, mercy and peace.”

“Alo” translates to “in the presence” and “hā” refers to “the breath of life.” So when greeting another person with aloha, it is a symbol of affection, of mutual regard and respect. Aloha is the joyful sharing of love. To “live aloha” means living in harmony with the people and land around you.

I encourage all of you to live a pono life and to let aloha guide your actions. Share your aloha with one other. Live aloha. Be the change you want to see. Stand up against bullying and violence, and know that you all have the power to make a difference.

Always remember that each one of you is unique and special. Embrace the differences in others, and treat everyone with kindness and respect. Let your actions be a shining example of the goodness and compassion that I know exists in each one of you.

Me ke aloha pumehana. Aloha nō. Aloha ʻoe.