Personally the idea of constant learning motivates me. Most importantly learning about myself and how I can be better for my Family and the people around me. Outside of that I am incredibly inspired by passion. Plain and simple passion for anything rules my thoughts. I cannot imagine my world without it. So I dig and dig and dig and dig, keeping my piko ī open for anything that comes across my antenna. Today a good friend of mine introduced me to Manoj Bharagav’s story. He is the creator of the 5hr energy drink. Now you may think “Oh that guy!” as did I previously. I have seen his story pop up in my daily before but never took the dive to actually learn about what this man is doing. In my head I come up with my own solutions to social change with my limited knowledge, usually referring to our ancestors and the simple technique of an Ahupuʻa. Or other various simple solutions for pre-contact society, again with my limited knowledge. So after taking the dive, I am even more inspired. Here is a guy that is worth 4 billion dollars and is giving away 99% of it for social change. Health / water / energy and even some for free. Although this is such a novel idea and most countries including ours will most likely find ways to sanction this. I think that the mere passion aspect is inspiring, but add the ideas, execution and ultimate goal. I think this could possibly be one of those moments in time were we can then reference (as an ahupuʻaʻa-esque idea) as a seismic shift in dealing with ideas about social change. It’s not political in nature, it’s more outlaw if anything. You can create your own opinion on what the new black is but what needs to be discussed is the need for solutions for real time issues.
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Something undeniably royal about watching a sunrise in Omoka’a. It is as if you are experiencing it rather than simply watching it happen… well at least that’s how it is for me. The sunsets are nothing less than magical either. The lagoons and surrounding areas seem to be fixed in a timeless state, so when our escort Paul Kema Sr. posed the question “what is old to you?” to JC the youngest in our traveling party it had everyone thinking deeply. Apparently not JC though, because he quickly replied “um.. 20 years”… expected answer for a 17 year old I guess. For the rest of us we knew that 20 years was nothing compared to nearly 200 years that the Kema ohana has been deeply rooted in this area. Since I have been down here only a hand full of times it was very exciting to have so many of the elders on hand to share their memories of growing up on the private grounds. History never dies. Please don’t be confused it wasn’t all heavy talk of the old days during this quick outer island getaway. We all did our part in consuming what was most likely an unhealthy amount of adult beverages, as well as a superabundant variety of foods. My personal favorite being the Chicken adobo made by Auntie Charlotte… was oh so onolicious!!… but the fresh fried menpachi was a real close second! There were a couple other families camping at the time which made for a very festive environment and words will fail to describe the vibes being shared by all during the sunset kanikapila session. I would just like to thank all in attendance but extra special mahalos to Mr. Paul Kema Sr., Auntie Charlotte, Uncle Sam, Uncle Manny, Uncle David, Paul Kema Jr., Matt Kema, JC II, JC III, and all the spirits that watched over us while we slept. Aloha – RM
Launched Kahana bay 0500, straight out 18 miles to LL buoy, first pass small Mahi in the boat, stoked no skunk but couldn’t celebrate due to mild seasickness, the east side is no joke when the wind and swells are ganging up on you, worked the buoy for another hour with no love, switched out the lures to some of Sky’s over ripe dead Opelu and managed to land a super hungry Ono, luckily it didn’t scissor threw the light leader, still couldn’t celebrate due to a twisted stomach, worked the buoy to death for the next hour with no love so the captain decided to head over to U buoy, thankfully he let me man the helm on the way over which almost instantly cured my seasickness, no luck at U buoy either so captain made the call to run the ledge on the way back to Kahana, no takers, back at the ramp my stomach was finally ready for cuzzo lights, ended the day with a proper celebration, many mahalos to Captain Jeff and first mate Sky for another great day at the blue office. Cheers – RM