This role at Papa Ola Lōkahi has provided me opportunties to see, hear and be immersed in the strength of our lāhui.
Despite these strengths, we also face challenges. So often we're told what and how to behave in ways that are not us!
Hawaiians are capable of forging our own path, regardless of the barriers and expected norms put upon us. Perhaps others are unaware of our potential for success, but we know who we are and what we can do.
We know there are social and economic disparities, and that the kanaka maoli health status seems dire. We all want to improve, but more importantly, we want to focus on the positive strengths we possess--our values, our resiliency, our relationships--and use them to raise the well-being of our lāhui.
I recently heard a saying, "never let a good crisis go to waste." Let us take all opportunities--positive and challenging--to work on improving the well-being of our people, from kūpuna to ʻopio.
E Ola Mau,