Happy Hawaiian Successful-Blog Birthday!
from Rosa Say
Ho’omaika’i ‘ana Liz, congratulations! Your blog has lived up to its name of ‘successful’ in so many ways, counted by all of us you mentor and lift with lightness and laughter.
In today’s common use in Hawai’i, Pono is a word often associated with being successful, for Pono means rightness and balance. It is significant to note that although the widely accepted Hawaiian word for success is the more literal holomua, Pono is the word chosen when complete success is acknowledged, because it is accomplishment born of a value, one of conviction and intention. To say “we succeeded” one would say “Ua pono kaua.” To say “we succeeded with our work” one would say “Ua pono ka kaua hana.” Holomua becomes the word of choice for improvement or progress, and the striving for more. Complete success is not true success unless it is Pono: there is rightness inherent in your achievement. It has not come at too high a price either; the personal truth of intellectual honesty triumphs. That is where balance comes into play, in the kaona, or hidden meaning of the word, and within personal integrity.
Liz, you have created a home here at Successful Blog for a passionate and provocative community of thoughtful people, and they aspire to their thoughtfulness in every comment left for you, because you are Mea Ho’okipa, the ever gracious hostess. Your success is indeed Pono, and one we all share with you in the spirit of aloha.
I have now established three different blog homes for the Ho’ohana Community of lifelong learners, and I think of my HC (of which you are part Liz, and all your readers invited) as one of the most meaningful, humbling and profound successes of my life. I know you feel that way about this community too, and I join you in savoring the wonder of this day. How blessed we are to know this feeling of outstanding success, that which is Pono.
~ Rosa Say, Managing with Aloha