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Back to Our Roots

Back to Our Roots

Time has flown. It has been almost 20 years....but I wanted to share one of my proudest accomplishments to date. It weighs higher than my degrees (both masters and bachelor's) and certifications (Project Management (PMP) Information Technology (IT) and Contract Management). It has absolutely NOTHING to do with technology and EVERYTHING to do with using all you got to care for the land so that it can in turn care for you. My dad was the hardest working man I know and he knew how to bring abundance from nothing. His green thumb was almost unmatched with the exception of the parents...

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Celebrate Indigenous People's Day

Celebrate Indigenous People's Day

I ku mau mau, I ku huluhulu,I ka lanawao. Stand together, Haul with all your might, under the mighty trees. Today we honor the rich history and culture of indigenous peoples around the world. We honor the cultural traditions that unite us, the struggles we have faced, the pride in our people, and the immeasurable strength we've built to face the future. Let us remember our responsibility to lead by example in the face of adversity so that future generations may look back and proudly further the path their ancestors have left behind. Photo by Michael Garcia #happyindigenouspeoplesday #olelohawaii #remember #history...

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Happy Girls Day!

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Happy Girls Day!

Happy Girls Day .... Happy Hinamatsuri 2017! Hinamatsuri, or Girls’ Day, takes place every March 3 and is mostly celebrated by Hawaii families of Japanese and Okinawan descent and its origins go back to early Japanese immigrants who first brought the holiday to the Islands. Following Girls’ Day tradition, elaborate dolls were given to Japanese girls upon birth, detailed with brocaded silk kimonos, fans and musical instruments. Young girls would display their dolls in arrangements up to seven tiers high, each carrying it's own level of meaning and significance.  Let me tell you a little story about one of my favorite...

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Who's your hero?

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Who's your hero?

Who do you look up to? I want to share a story about someone whom I admire. I was challenged to list 5-10 of my favorite writers, artists, actors, directors, or creators, choose one, and jump on Facebook Live to share our story with my friends.  You can catch the LIVE video replay here. When I was going through my list, I had a whole bunch of people come to mind. Some of those on my list were (in no particular order): Diana Gabaldon (author of Outlander series) Veronica Roth (author of Divergent series), Michelle Rodriguez (Girlfight, Fast & Furious franchise, Blue Crush, S.W.A.T., Machete) Denzel Washington...

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Where were you in 2002?

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Where were you in 2002?

You may remember Nelly and Kelly Rowland's "Dilemma" was the top hit song of the time followed closely by Justin Timberlake's "Just like I Love you" from his first solo album Justified, released soon after he left popular boy-band Nsync. While American audiences were going crazy over these pop hits, I found myself halfway across the world on the beautiful sands of Egypt.  Egypt has a deep, rich history that spans thousands of years and it was an exciting yet humble opportunity for a girl in her 20s to be standing on the sands of this majestic land. For many...

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