On your mark. Get set, Go! ” Ho‘ohana!

Aloha to all of you in 2007 my Ho‘ohana Community!

Ka lā hiki ola is the word for our language of intention; I am thrilled you are here to share this dawning of a new day with me, and with each other.

Our value for the month of January: Ka lā hiki ola


With every sunrise we get another shot, another fresh chance to be all we can possibly be. The sun may rise over some change that has occurred, but it still comes with a fresh new start, and the gift of more time. Therefore for me, Ka lā hiki ola has been a value of incredible promise and hope.

Ka lā hiki ola
encourages us to make Pono today. Let go of yesterday. Give yourself hope for tomorrow. Live again, and live better ”“ start a new chapter going forward. However, knowing that tomorrow will always bring a new day, secure in the certainty of it, I encourage you to live in every moment, and have the attitude that today is it. Enjoy your present; relish the now. You will feel more alive. Trust in your instincts, trust in what you know and have learned, and trust in the person you are. Live the day to the fullest, and live it as your day.”

—From Managing with Aloha, Bringing Hawaii’s Universal Values to the Art of Business. Begin on page 125 for more.

Mahalo for your patience for this month’s Ho‘ohana as I ease back from Ho‘omaha (my annual hiatus). My wish for you however, is that you haven’t waited for me and you’re up ahead with room to spare for when I catch up!

Goals and resolve, Projects and habits

I’ve got tons of goals for 2007, and thus just one resolution; I resolve to Begin.

I will begin every day, every hour, every conscious moment with my full intention. If I can do that, if I can just Begin, those goals will quickly be designed into my projects. In turn, my projects will begin to shape my work. Because of the pervasiveness with which work fills our days, that project-generated work will shape my habits. My new, good, proactively chosen habits. All starts by beginning with full intention; this is what Ho‘ohana is all about; I can shape work’s routine with the rhythm I want.

Ho‘ohana is work to thrive on. Better yet, you needn’t go it alone.

We “Go!” with Community!

As we’ve done in the past, I will continue to frame each month on Talking Story with a value from Managing with Aloha which helps guide and shape our intentions together as a community in support of each other, kākou. Kākou is the value of togetherness and inclusiveness, it is the “language of we.” Together we are stronger, better, more confident. We are a force to be reckoned with!

“Our Ho‘ohana” is what we call this to-be-reckoned-with force of our on-purpose intention as a community. We each create ripples in our own oceans of influence, and the mission of Talking Story is to give you a new value each month to propel the canoe in which you sail the Ho‘ohana of your own expression.

Ka lā hiki ola
then, is a natural for us. It is a value underscoring beginning and starting with hope and optimism, and this “I just know” kind of knowledge and certainty that whatever goal you set your sights on holds great promise for you.

Those who have Managing with Aloha know that Ka lā hiki ola is actually the Epilogue of my book; the ending. This is not a contradiction, for we move from endings to new beginnings as constantly as we live and breathe. Each ending is the “On your mark. Get set” part of it, defining the marker of our new beginning, our new “Go!”-ing. As I end my book, I say,

“You have come to the final pages of my book. I wanted to leave you with Ka lā hiki ola because it shares the theme of going forward with hope, optimism, and confidence.

I believe in you. You can be a great manager: one who manages with Aloha.   The world needs you.

Whoever you are, where ever you are, whatever business you are in, Imua! (go forward) and start today. I place my hope and my Aloha in you.

Ka lā hiki ola
. It is the dawning of a new day, and it’s your day.
Make it your best one ever.”

The absolute glory that we are human beings means that we get to choose what we “Go!” forward with. In my mind, January’s gift is the expectation that we make our choices, and Begin.

However January is but one opportunity. Ka lā hiki ola is a value you live your whole life by.

Jump the gate; Be the one to start first

Earlier I wrote, “My wish for you however, is that you haven’t waited for me and you’re up ahead with room to spare for when I catch up!” As I return to the online presence of the Ho‘ohana Community after my hiatus, I see you have indeed begun! As I silently read some things on your blogs this past weekend of easing in, you’ve had me cheering for the January-fresh resolve you are displaying.

Don’t you feel great when you can say, “I’ve already started, and ”” because there’s always that “and.” Something has begun, and you’re creating your own near future. That’s right, near future. In Managing with Aloha I talk a bit about Ka lā hiki ola being the value of creativity, where fortunately, the highest level creativity is inspired by the new and unknown. Those options and choices you have? You create them.

As we get older, we find there isn’t really a starting gate in most of life. There are certain forces ”“ like January ”“ where there are a lot of others doing what we’re doing, but the truth of the matter is that we’re our own gate-keepers. The voices in our own heads are the ones firing the gun and yelling, “Go!”

Yes, there is much in store for us in 2007; it is Ka lā hiki ola. Thank you for being here as part of our Ho‘ohana Community, for it is a joy to be sailing my canoe in this fleet to be reckoned with.

Let’s Talk Story, shall we?
Start, and tell us about your “and”—that something you’ve begun. We’re here to cheer you on, as we ho‘ohana together, kākou.



Go to the right hand column of www.managingwithaloha.com for this month’s pdf excerpt from MWA on Ka lā hiki ola; it will only be available there through January 31st.

If you intend to Ho‘ohana with us this year as part of the online presence of the Ho‘ohana Community let me know! I’ll start reading, and would love to add your blog’s link in the left column.

More food for thought on this month’s Ho‘ohana:

From the Talking Story archives on Ka lā hiki ola;


  1. says

    Aloha Steve!
    Yes, we in Hawaii are fortunate to get some pretty spectacular sunrises here! If you click on the photo you’ll be taken to the Flickr page of the photographer; he has more terrific shots of our islands.
    Ho’omaha was wonderful in the renewed energy it gave me; I too am eager to talk story with everyone again. Mahalo for the warm welcome.

  2. says

    ManagingWithAloha.com welcomes the “Dawning of a New Day”

    Aloha to all of you in 2007 my Managing with Aloha Community! I am honored you are here to share this dawning of a new day with me, and with all who have chosen to participate in our mission to

  3. says

    Welcome back Rosa. I’m glad to hear that your time away was re-energizing and insightful. I’m just getting into the swing of the new year myself, so you’re not too far behind.
    Looking forward to all of the wonderful things that we’ll create and learn together this year!

  4. says

    Aloha Kakahiaka Rosa and to everyone,
    Hauoli Makahiki Hou 2007!Out with the old – in with the new…my earliest recollection of ‘New Years’ goes back to about the age of 7 or 8. This was a night to remember…as I sat and watched my parents who were ‘talking story’ about everything that happened during the year. Quick recall: I am a Native Hawaiian – Born in East L.A.- raised by two born and raised Native Hawaiians. And so…as I sat, observed and listened – it was very different. First of all, I was thrilled just to be up past 9pm! Man o man, this was a new world, a new dimension! I thought I was cool.
    But, listening to my parents ‘talk story’ and being the Hawaiians they are, interspersed among the plethora of life’s events was humor, laughter, old sayings, further back remembrances…I mean no matter what, they were having the time of their lives going over the year.
    I also was introduced to Dick Clark and the dropping ball in New York’s Time Square! Which I was reminded of when I read the “ok, get ready..go!” to get to this sharing. That “go” put the visual of the big bright ball dropping down to announce the New Year.
    I was indeed, and have been ever since, a 3 year old with a paint brush full of bright orange! In part, ‘stepping up’ may be a result of growing up Hawaiian! When Ohana got together for whatevers…eventually it lead to eating. Hawaiians truly LOVE themselves…so they no hold back when time for eat! And I can recall the advice of an Uncle telling us stragglers “Eh, you keikis, mo beddah no be bashful, yeah? Cuz, round here, you wait for go eat, might be nothing left!”…and at this point, us stragglers would hop up onto our feet and hit the ground running! Of course, there was always plenty…but as children, having this big God like figure standing there with his booming voice giving us directive – got our attention!
    To this day, I am known for ‘no fear’…I will talk story to anybody, anywhere, anytime…doesn’t matter if it’s the President of the United States – or the beach boy on Waikiki…the way I figure, they put their pants on the same way I do! I have had friends, associates, stand back when meeting people for the first time, especially someone of celebrity or importance. Me, I will walk right up to them and start talking story…and they have always responded in kind…but my friends will say “wow, how could you just go up to him, he’s so-and-so…” My reply “So?”
    Mahalo Rosa for reminding us of that special quality…that ability to walk up and grab the paint brush and go for broke! It truly is about ‘carpe diem’- about seizing the moment, and every moment for that matter. I have seen these traits growing up and whenever I would ask my Dad about things like this, he would say “well you see Hawaiians are like little kids, full of fun and imagination…they like to laugh and have a good time…” Having that good time I think ties into your January thought…
    It is true, that every night when you go sleep, go moi, I always reflect on the fact that today is pau, is done…and you will never, ever see this day again. It is gone, forever,so making the best of moment to moment has been a central theme for me.
    In Leadership, picking up that paddle first and heading for the canoe is vital action that the other paddlers need to see, sense, and know…it is a signal that “it’s on!” and today, whenever I make a call – I am full on into it…for the wonderment, the journey to discovery…of what is the greatest outcome we are going to get with this call? I hold that, for myself, and for who I am calling. And I do so with pure Aloha…
    So call anytime…I am here…Mahalo Rosa for jump starting our beings into the recognition that we are creators…our lives are like a sculpture, and we are the artists …so lets Make it a Masterpiece!
    Aloha Nui Loa, JKM

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    Aloha John, mahalo nui for sharing your wonderful exuberance with us! Yours is a January message to be inspired by. I just knew you were an orange painter!
    I have learned the Hawaiian version of carpe diem to be KÄ“ia manawa. I had written about it in my book, and your description of your Uncle encouraging you to step up and eat reminded me of Kahu Billy Mitchell too…
    From Managing with Aloha;
    KÄ“ia manawa is a Hawaiian concept that lives within Ka lā hiki ola. It means, right now. This is the time. This is it. The here and now. There was a fitting football analogy that Kahu Billy Mitchell would share with us when he felt we needed more trust in ourselves and in the positive certainty of Ka lā hiki ola, the dawning of a new day. He’d point out that once the game is in play, it becomes time for everything you’ve practiced for. It’s time to perform. Once the quarterback calls the play in the huddle and you take your place on the line, you had better be ready to go, to perform magnificently. Kahu would open his arms wide and bellow out at us: “The blackboard is not coming on the field!” In the quiet seconds that followed and he leveled his gaze at each of us, we knew the thought of his unspoken words were, “So what are you waiting for?”
    As you say John, “It’s on!”
    Hau’oli Makahiki Hou Kākou!