To be seen by another woman, truly seen, can transmute you energetically, as if by magic. What you were no longer exists. You feel more whole, purified. And this seeing opens space for limitless possibility. It was always there, it just wanted to be recognized. Jane Bear
The #metoo that swept across Facebook last month is a huge wake up call to all men and women. Our voices piled up so high, one on top of the other, on top of the other, on top of the other it became hard to knock down and not acknowledge a behavior and culture that has gone unchecked for far too long. We are raising our boys to be future men. We need to raise them to respect women. We are raising our daughters to be future women. We need to raise them to be empowered, speak up and support each other. This generation could be the generation to change how women are treated.
This behavior, sadly is not just individual, but also societal. Here on Maui many mothers believe our justice system turns a blind eye and is patriarchally biased. Many feel that our family court judges (male dominated) often appear to side with abusive ex-partners/fathers. It will take many voices of Maui mamas speaking up and sharing their stories to show if our system is really broken. Now is the time to keep shining the light and make a difference.
With that being said, there is also a lot we have to be thankful for. With 2017 coming to an end it is a time to be grateful and celebrate family. This is a great season to give and give back. Volunteering is a crucial thread to a thriving community (see page 6). Giving back and sharing your passion can be heart projecting (see page 12), while getting your children involved in the giving back process can present beautiful opportunities (see page 7).
This time of year also presents many great events to have fun with the whole family while also supporting community. Kula Elementary is celebrating its 30th Harvest Festival, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is playing at Iao Theater, “Let it Snow!” will be falling at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center and the wonderful Haleakala Waldorf Holiday Faire is celebrating its 32nd anniversary! (See page 30 & 31).
The influence we have on our children, friends and community can be more far reaching than we know. The 100th anniversary of the death of Queen Lili’uokalani will be on November 11. Here is an example of an inspiring Hawaiian woman who was an exemplarily example of courage, grace, compassion and ethics. Her legacy lives on and with more voices rising up, 2018 has potential to be a ground breaking year on so many levels. Enjoy!
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