Fresh Living


That’s “Happy New Year!” in Hawaiian. I used to live in Hawaii and that melifluous greeting flows back into my brain this time of year. Hawaiians once celebrated “Makahiki” (mah-kah-HEE- kee), an ancient tradition in Decemberish devoted to thanking the earth for its bounty. According to an article on, they rested, feasted, and put on hold any wars or conflicts for four months a year.

A beautiful idea. Instead of restricting ourselves or being harsh with stringent resolutions, to express gratitude for all we have now. To nourish our bodies with fresh, healthy foods and thankful blessings. I’m going to plant that seed amongst my other intentions for listening better, being more kind, aware, and aligned with the sweet, divine yes.

Many blessings for a Hau’oli (happy) Makahiki
(year) Hou (new)”(how-OH-lee mah-kah-hee-kee ho)!

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