Adrift Among Others

CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGEOn one of my trips to Hawaiʻi I had to de-plane at LAX for a 2-hour layover and I observed a youngish businesswoman with her child coloring in a book on the floor next to her.  The woman was yelling on her phone at god-only-knows-who, enraged and no holds barred!  Her daughter held up a page from her coloring book saying “Mommy, I made it for you.”  The businesswoman grabbed the paper, balled it up and threw it, continuing her venting.  I’ll never forget the look on that little girl’s face!  Have you ever had done something for someone thinking it was good, only to have the other person let you know that your gift was neither needed nor wanted?  Aside from the hurt there is also the sudden stabbing realization that not only your offering but also you are not needed… a terrible feeling of alone-ness, alienation, of not mattering to someone.

When I think about such painfulness in Life I cannot help but follow my thoughts to the homeless of Hawaiʻi.  I don’t know why their situation often attracts my thoughts to them, but it does.  For a Hawaiian with Hawaiʻi’s emphasis on ʻOhana, on family, of belonging to others of that ʻOhanawhat could be worse than not belonging?  This reality is, I think, what gives such horrible acuteness to homelessness in Hawaiʻi.  To live in a culture where one’s relatives are not numbered in the dozens but in the hundreds and because of one’s behavior or choices to not belong… must be a unique form of estrangement.

CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGEThose within Hawaiʻi’s tents are someone’s Aunties, Uncles, Moms, Dads, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters… all of which titles are based in relationship to others.  Do Hawaiʻi’s homeless lose their titles when they move into the tent?  Do they lose their sense of themselves?  As I boarded my plane at LAX the businesswoman was reading a magazine and the little girl was still coloring.  I wonder if the mother even knows what she did to her daughter?

Kahu Kimo

About GOvideoHAWAII

Making YOU stand out with high-definition custom video productions tailored for your every need: for websites, on DVD's, documentaries or corporate profiles, formatted for broadcast TV, live streaming-webcasts and MORE!!
This entry was posted in J2K and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to Adrift Among Others

  1. Reblogged this on Journey2Kona2019 and commented:


What do you think about this?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s