2018 is rolling out the red carpet and my New Year wishes are for all to enjoy health and happiness in the coming year.
In the Aloha State we have a word that is dear to us. The word is "Ohana." To quote from the Lilo and Stitch movie, "Ohana means Family. Family means no one is left behind or forgotten."
Family is an important aspect of life in Hawaii. I remember being called Aunty in a grocery store for the first time from a child I didn't know . That sealed the deal for me, Hawaii would be my forever home. I always considered this to mean that every adult near a child had an unspoken responsibility to that child, and the children always showed respect for their elders.
Being blessed with ohana who is there for each other means everything. Near or far, ohana is always with us.
Winter season is high season in Hawaii. I consider it Family and Friends Season on the islands. Visitors chat in groups on the sidewalks, families make memories sharing Humpback whale adventures and island exploring delights all ages.
Working in my office in busy Paia, I have a front row seat to all the vacationers and kama'aina mingling multi-generational groups wander by and stop in for the kids to visit our Good Luck Kitty, ask directions or talk story about Maui Real Estate.
"Share the Aloha you wish to receive" is my personal motto.
I'm sharing my latest Monoprint/ Woodblock printed on fine Japanese paper. It was selected for the 2018 Annual Juried Show at my favorite art center, Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center.
Happy New Year!
A hui hou, Cherie