Luddites or Idolizers?


Granted, I have only made 5 trips to Hawaiʻi each of two weeks duration, so I’ve only experienced living in Hawaiʻi for a total of ten weeks!  And that was as a tourist, although even as a tourist I wasn’t interested in tourist trinkets. Rather, I was intoxicated by the way that spiritual values were interwoven in the culture with the Hawaiian way of living!

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It strikes me that Hawaiian culture is a fertile ground for living a spiritual life.  But seeing so many western or mainland stores in the islands, I wonder whether there is a danger of modern Hawaiians losing sight of the value of their inheritance, of the value of their ʻohana, of losing those values which make them Hawaiian through the idolization of western goods?

When we dismiss something we do so because we hold something else to be…

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