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Aloha and Kokua to the Victims of Haiyan in the Philippines

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Help the Philippines

I live on Maui and is known as the Maui Local on the net.  However, I was not born here. I am one of the many “flown, not grown” locals who learned to adapt to the Hawaiian culture and love Maui like I grew up here.  Some of you might not know – I am originally from the Philippines. I moved to Maui in 1994 to be with my husband who lives here.  And I suppose you know where this post is heading to right now …. my heart breaks for the Philippines as I see the tragedy and destruction that had fallen upon them by the super storm Haiyan (or Yolanda – that’s her name in the Philippines).

Most of my family still lives in the Philippines. Thankfullly they were not heavily affected by the storm. They are ok. However, my heart still breaks when  I think of my native country and how my people are suffering and need help. In my heart I know I must help. I need to do something. I didn’t know what or how but I needed to so something.

Yesterday I was busy all day trying to plan and organize a fundraising here on Maui.  I was in communication with Peter Liu and Erik Blair. They were both willing to help me organize this fundraising event. Then at the end of the end it’s becoming evident that I do not have the time, the resources, and the energy to organize a big event that will raise substantial fund.  Then a magic word came to mind. LEVERAGE.  Why re-invent the wheel? Why spend our energy organizing an event when we can leverage by directing people to the already organized events and organizations set up to help the victims of Haiyan in the Philippines. There is still something we can do. We can promote awareness, We can inspire, encourage and motivate people to give.  We can spread the word on how much help is needed and where individuals and business can send their monetary gifts to help. This will be a better use of my time, our time.

Help PI

A couple of weeks ago I was award as one of the “Top 5 Social Media Influencer” on the state of Hawaii. Now it’s time to get that title to action, and to work for a good cause.  Time to use my influence to stir the hearts of the people to help.  Here on Maui, and in America as a whole, many people are busy preparing for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Mall are filled with stuff to buy to help in the celebration.  As we plan to celebrate Thanksgiving, may  ask you to please consider putting your thankfulness in action by giving to back and giving forward to the people who need it most today? There are many ways to give and I will provide the link for you down below.

To consolidate this effort of sending aloha and kokua from Maui to the Philippines, I have put together a “campaign”. I am calling this #AlohaPI to signify that the people of Hawaii are sending their aloha (love) to the Aloha Philippine Islands. Here is the plan and I truly hope you will participate:

#AlohaPI  a campaign organized  to create awareness and encourage more people and businesses to donate to the victims of typhoon Haiyan.

Here’s how to participate:

1. Donate to any of the non-profit org mentioned on this following articles:

A.  via CNN

B. via Huffington Post

C. via Rappler

2. Ttweet or post on Facebook that you donated, along with the hashtag #AlohaPI (if you re with #MauiSMUG please add that hashtag as well). In the Philippines they are using the hashtag #YolandaPH, you can add that as well.

3. Email me at  lizamaui (yah00) or message me on Facebook the URL of your blog or biz so she can add you to the participating peeps and biz on MauiSMUG page. Please let me know the amount you donated so we can tract at the end of the campaign how much we’ve  donated from this campaign. The amount of your particular donation will not be posted on the web, only the fact that you donated.

Here on A Maui  Blog, I will list down below this post the names if the individuals and businesses participating in this #AlohaPI campaign. The link will be pointing live to your blog or website if you like. You can leave me a comment below when you donate – that will be the fastest way for me to track though I will also track the #AlohaPI hashtag.  You can also contact me here.

4. On November 20, during our regular Maui SMUG Meeting – we will have a donation jar for those who want to donate cash or check in person. Topic on MauiSMUG discussion will include crowdsourcing. We will have time to network and also to do shout out to all the participants who donated through this campaign.

This campaign is evolving. We will make improvements. But for now I really need to get the word out. Would you please help me by spreading this post around?  Mahalo for your Kokua.

#YolandaPH

 

PHOTOS on this post are from yahoo and there are more on this link:

http://news.yahoo.com/wrecked-chapel-10-bodies-fathers-pain-122618691.html

This campaign is evolving. We will make improvements. But for now I really need to get the word out. Would you please help me by spreading this post around?  Mahalo for your Kokua.

P.S.  I myself is giving monetary help via one of the agencies on the link below.  Will start the list  of participants here tonight. Please let me know if you donated.  Thank you.

 

 

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What Does Aloha Mean …

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The other day I was musing  on the word ALOHA and stumbled upon this article: The Deeper Meaning of Aloha.  It  was written by  Curby H. Rule.   Curby’s explanation of the deeper meaning of aloha is  enlightening.  I am sharing some excerpts here and in the end of you will find the link to the full post.

The spirit of Aloha was an important lesson taught to the children of the past because it was about the world of which they were a part. One early teaching goes like this:

Aloha is being a part of all, and all being a part of me. When there is pain – it is my pain. When there is joy – it is also mine. I respect all that is as part of the Creator and part of me. I will not willfully harm anyone or anything. When food is needed I will take only my need and explain why it is being taken. The earth, the sky, the sea are mine to care for, to cherish and to protect. This is Hawaiian – this is Aloha! 

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As the child grew, the need for a fundamental code of ethics was taught. This code is found within a deeper layer of the meaning of the word Aloha. The code is derived from one of the acronymic meanings of Aloha.

A, ala, watchful, alertness
L, lokahi, working with unity
O, oia’i’o, truthful honesty
H, ha’aha’a, humility
A, ahonui, patient perseverance

Full article here:    The Deeper Meaning of Aloha 

aloha - VW Van

 

And how about these beautiful illustrations of Aloha? These Aloha Designs were created by  Michael Paz as part of his “Project Aloha”. Click on these Project Aloha words for the story behind it – it is quite an inspiring story too.

Find out more about Project Aloha. To buy Project Aloha, click here.

Now every time we use the word ALOHA, we know that’s there is a much more meaning to it than just hello and good bye. Aloha!

 

 

 

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Aloha Prizes – Check This Out

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This is from Go Visit Hawaii Site:

At the end of September, I announced a new reader reward contest. The prizes include an awesome Hawaiian music CD by Iz, handmade pineapple scented candle, wooden surfboard book mark, dashboard swaying hula dancer, Hawaiian pictorial 2008 calendar, book for Hawaii visitors, Hawaiian shirt sticky note pad, and a selection of leis. All the prizes are shown in the photo above.

So go there for the rest of the post to find out how you could win the prizes.

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