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Chapter 3: Nana I Ke Kumu: Look to the Source


PuaAno ai me ke Aloha, e na hulu mamo like 'ole:  Greetings amongst all of us, birds of many feathers.

In times of uncertainty,
The Po’e Hawai’i (The Hawaiian People) say,
“Nana I Ke Kumu.”  “Look to the Source.”

It is there in the stories of the ‘Aina (The Land) that certainty can be found.
And it is in those stories that we will recognize and reconnect to every thing holy,  Within us, within each of us, human and in all other forms.

It is in those stories that we learn to honor the earth worms, which burrow deep, slender holes in the hardest soil, to loosen, to prepare, to enrich for the planting of seeds of every kind;

It is in those stories that we learn to honor the honey bees which burrow deep into every flower, finding and carrying the sweet pollen of life to plants of every kind;

It is in those stories that we remember the beauty of all beginnings, that belief in beginnings  are part of us, have always been part of us;

It is in those stories that humans are reminded that we are but one kind, among many, each beloved for its special gift, its special kuleana (responsibility) to the Whole;

It is in these stories that we learn that our relationship to every living being is kinship, not kingship not stewardship;

It is in those stories that we are taught that leadership rests not just in one man or one woman but in all; that responsibility for all wars, all peace, all chaos, all clarity, all failure, all success rests not in one man or one woman, but in all;

And it is in remembering what we already know, that the breath and breadth of life will grow.

So, brothers and sisters, “Nana I Kou Kumu”, “Look to your Source.”

 

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