You see, for the last 17 years, I've been dedicated to positive socio-economic growth within our community through shifting fixed mindsets. After leaving Leadership Kauai almost 5 years ago, I revamped my company, Kauai Team Challenge Inc. to represent it's expanded services focused on leadership development facilitation to affect systemic change. I renamed our company, Kupu A'e, "to unfold towards the light". Our logo is the koru or fiddle head, a popular symbol in native art. It represents the continuous positive growth of the individual, our associations and our community.
As I reflected on my first few months in office and my run in this election, a clear message came to me. What's often lacking in this environment is our ability to see clearly what is most important as humans, our role on earth and our ability to effectively live by our most precious values. How can we act on what's most important when we are blinded by so many distractions and details?
What can we all agree is most important? Is it the future of our children, the place they will inherent, their health? Or, is it material wealth, the house, car, job and stuff? Or, is it aloha, kuleana, lokahi, pa'ahana, ho'ihi, a'o mai, waiwai, and laulima? Before we are to commit to the path of life-long continuous growth and do the bidding of our people, we must first remember who we are and where we come from. Our piko, is our source of life while in the womb of our mother. It also represents our connection to spirit. Ho'i I Ka Piko is the opposite of unfolding towards the light as we must never forget our source (who we are and what is most important). The olelo noeau, I Ka Wa Ma Mua, Ka Wa Ma Hope speaks to how we must not forget the lessons of our past in order to move forward into the future. We take the best of who we are to affect the future we all want. Let's not forget what makes us special here on earth so that we can unfold towards higher consciousness. I want to represent this balance of opposites for the future we all deserve. Please remember Mason Chock on November 4th.