Congratulations! If you are reading this you have survived the first year of a global pandemic. With lockdowns, shelter-in-place mandates, 14 day quarantines, pretesting, mask wearing, social distancing, hand washing, work from home and staying home when feeling sick Maui has not seen the true wrath of this disease.
As a community we have we come together and risen above record high job loss and school closures, and as mothers we have juggled it all! This issue honors you. Many of us have been maxed to our limits, but there are simple tips that can help (see page 4) and please reach out for help if you need it, ultra-independence is a trauma response (see page 5). It is time to heal and take care of ourselves. We need to stay healthy and strong (see page 9 and 10), especially pre and post birth (see page 18).
Another theme of this issue is an instinct that has kicked in for many of us – to protect. To help protect against COVID we can focus on boosting our family’s immune system. Enhancing our gut microbiome will help (see page 8), as well as breastfeeding, when possible (see page 20). We protect what is sacred. Five manawahine showed up and stood up to protect their ancestors (see page 6), while many are fighting to protect Traditional Midwifery (see page 7).
One highlight of 2020 is that Maui voted to protect the environment, by ensuring a progressive majority on the Council, and we voted to pass major charter amendments (see page 27) that will protect our local economy. Don’t forget we can also protect our local economy this holiday season by supporting small businesses (see page 26).
This is also the time of year that we should start thinking about our children’s education and where we want to enroll them for the next school year. We have many options (see page 5, 14, 22 and 23) and thanks to great school fundraisers (see page 31) that have adapted during COVID, there will still be great opportunities for financial aid.
If you are struggling this winter to put food on the table the Maui Hub has a small fund to provide gift certificates for food to those in need. Created during the pandemic, the Maui Hub is a great online farmers market with order pick up locations across Maui. You can learn more at www.mauihub.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help. We are all in this together! Let’s help each other where we can.
Aloha 2020! Here’s hoping things will get much better from here on out! Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau’oli Makahiki Hou.