Monday, August 11, 2014


Aloha & Mahalo
[Pronounced: ah loh' hah & mah hah' loh]
pronunciation guide
If you learn just two words in Hawaiian, learn these. They are two of the most important words in the Hawaiian language, representing paramount Hawaiian values.
In Hawaiian thinking, words have mana [pronounced: mah' nah], meaning spiritual or divine power], and aloha and mahalo are among the most sacred and powerful.
Say them often as they can be life-transforming and -enhancing. Be careful to use them ONLY if you truly feel mahalo or aloha within. Do not exploit these words for personal gain, and neither cheapen, nor trivialize their use by verbalizing them carelessly or without sincerity.
Aloha and mahalo are ineffable, indescribable, and undefinable with words alone; to be understood, they must be experienced.
Deeper meaning and sacredness is hinted at by the root words of these words. Linguists differ in their opinions as to the exact meanings and origins, but this is what was told to me by my kupuna (elder):
On a spiritual level, aloha is an invocation of the Divine and mahalo is a Divine blessing. Both are acknowledgments of the Divinity that dwells within and without.
[Alo = presence, front, face] + [ = breath]
"The presence of (Divine) Breath."
[Ma = In] + [ = breath] + [alo = presence, front, face]
"(May you be) in (Divine) Breath."
Think of them as single-word blessings or prayers.
The following are dictionary definitions using English words, which are approximate translations, at best:*
Aloha. 1. Aloha, love, affection, compassion, mercy, sympathy, pity, kindness, sentiment, grace, charity; greeting, salutation, regards; sweetheart, lover, lover, loved one; beloved, loving, kind, compassionate, charitable, lovable; to love, be fond of; to show kindness, mercy, pity, charity, affection; to venerate; to remember with affection; to greet, to hail. Greetings! Hello! Good-by! Farewell! Alas!
    • Aloha `oe!
      [ah loh' hah oe!]
      May you be loved or greeted!
      Farewell or greetings to one person.
    • Aloha kâua!
      [ah loh' hah KAH'oo (w)ah!]
      May there be friendship or love between us!
      Greetings to you and me!
    • Aloha kâkou!
      [ah loh' hah KAH' kou!]
      same as above, but to more than one person.
    • Ke aloha nô!
      [ah loh hah NOH']
      Aloha indeed!
    • Aloha!
      [ Ah loh' hah!]
"Mahalo. 1. Thanks, gratitude; to thank.
    • Mahalo nui loa.
      [mah hah' loh noo'(w)ee loh'(w)ah]
      Thanks very much.  
    • `Ôlelo mahalo
      [OH' leh loh mah hah' loh]
    • Mahalo â nui
      [mah hah' loh (W)AH' noo'(w)ee]
      Thanks very much.
2. Admiration, praise, esteem, regards, respects; to admire, praise, appreciate.
    • `O wau nô me ka mahalo,
      [oh vau NOH' meh kah mah hah'loh]
      I am, [yours] respectfully,
    • Ka mea i mahalo `ia, Laki
      [kah meh'(y)ah ee mah hah'loh ee'(y)ah, lah' kee]
      The esteemed Laki."
*Source: Pukui, Mary Kawena & Elbert, Samuel H., HAWAIIAN DICTIONARY, University of Hawai`i Press, Honolulu, 1986.
One of the most frequently requested translations is:
Aloha au iâ `oe.
[ah loh' hah vau' ee (Y)AH' oe]
I love you.
Ke aloha nô me ka mahalo kâua!
Aloha indeed with mahalo to you and me!

Friday, August 8, 2014


I posed the question to any comers on a note left in an office environment to which I received one reply from an undergrad at UGA.  The question was, "Can you have capitalism without waste and poverty?"  Her answer, though lengthy, simply stated that waste and poverty had always existed alongside capitalism.  Therefore, they will continue to do so.

I beg to differ, and this guy apparently agrees.  This article does not address the issue of poverty, but trash is a form of poverty as it relates to goods.  The unusable portion of a product, either as a by product, or in it's packaging is waste.  Not to mention the huge percentage of usable product just dumped in the trash each day from people eating at restaurants, or people who refuse to eat left-overs, and such.  This wasteful mindset is BIG part of the problem that is often accepted as normal.

If normal is to be wasteful, so be it.  Nobody is perfect, but when you read statistics indicating Americans throw over 40% of their food away, we must confess we are very far from perfect and filled with delusions of grandeur as we stomp on the gas pedal and slam on the brakes before stopping at the next red light.

While this new reality show is to "redefine the meaning of trash television", hopefully it will redefine trashy behavior and the need to fight wars over oil we use beyond reason for the lazy lifestyle we have created with this precious blood of the earth we vampirically extract, lackadaisically spew and endlessly defend with military force only to return as addicts for more, more, more.

"about a trash-less future and his goal to "eliminate the concept of waste."

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

U Alright?

U Alright?

I'm a survivor
A wanna be thriver
I'm not a starver

Gotta try harder
For the bottom rung dollar

I'm not a scholar
Just a modern day blahgger
Gotta write rhymes
Like a spoken word starter

My goal for the day
Is a little less harder

One small question
Gave me the lead
Gotta memorize these words
For a Wednesday night bleed
Blood from my lips
Written in ink
Another night to stand
And hope I don't sink

Gotta try harder
For the bottom rung dollar
My goal for the day
Is a little less harder

I'm not a doctor
I'm not a lawyer
I'm not an actor
I'm not a soldier
I'm not a beggar

Just call me a sinner

Gotta try harder
For the bottom rung dollar
My goal for the day
Is a little less harder