Mahalo to my ‘Ohana

You have heard the saying “It takes a village;” well in Hawaii when you pursue a major project like the writing of a book, “It takes an ‘ohana,” and even if you started as strangers, you become ‘ohana. That is certainly what has happened for me in the publishing of Managing with Aloha.

As I explain in my book, ‘ohana is the human circle of Aloha.

Last night I was blessed to receive a warm and wonderful Launch Party at Na Mea Hawai’i and Native Books for the debut of Managing with Aloha, and in today’s Talking Story, I want to acknowledge those who have become part of my ‘ohana and now will always remain in my circle of Aloha:

Maile Meyer and her wonderful ‘ohana in business at Na Mea Hawai’i: you are creating a very special Hawaiian place, a gift to all of us who live here.

Peter Apo and his ‘ohana at the Hawaiian Hospitality Institute and NaHHA, the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association: we all are blessed that you pursue and share ‘Ike loa, the value which seeks knowledge and wisdom for the wealth that continuous learning can bring to us.

Lynne and Dale Madden and the ‘ohana at Island Heritage, who have designed and printed Managing with Aloha for me, and now distribute the book through-out our islands and online: I highly doubt any author could have a more wonderful experience in working with a book publisher, and you set a benchmark we can all aspire to in our own businesses.

Roger Jellinek and Eden-Lee Murray, of the Jellinek & Murray Literary Agency in Hawaii: I give mahalo daily for what you give to me so unselfishly, and with such aloha. You inspire me to be better than I am.

My mahalo to all of you who came by last night to celebrate the hanau, the birth of Managing with Aloha. Please know that with every warm wish, flower lei, gracious hug, and word of encouragement you gave me, I was strengthened in my resolve to give back whatever aloha I have in me to share with you, and with all who Ho’ohana to bring more meaning to our lives and our work.

Mahalo nui loa.