PLATINUM MEMBERS CLUB
There are only 13 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet: A, E,
H, I, K, L, M, N, O, P, U and W. And 18 sounds a, e, i,
o, u, ä, ë, ï, ö, ü, h, k, l, m,
n, p, w, and w with a v sound. The 'okina ( ' ) is a glottal
stop like the sound between the ohs in "oh-oh"
and is also a consonant. In order to clarify pronunciation,
you will often see the glottal stop ( ' ) or 'okina and
macron used on words such as Hawai'i. Here's a short and
handy glossary of some of the words you're likely to come
across on a trip to Hawaii.
'aina land, earth
a'a sharp lava
ali'i Hawaiian royalty
akamai smart, intelligent
aloha greeting used to say hello or goodbye. Aloha can also
halau hula troupe
hale house or home
hana work, bay
haole foreigner, Caucasian
hapa portion or part, mix of races, such as hapa-haole
heiau ancient Hawaiian religious temple on a raised base
of lava rocks
holoholo to walk or travel for fun
hu hu angry, agitated
hui group or organization
hula Hawaiian form of communication using dance
Humuhumunukunukuapua'a our State Fish, the Hawaiian triggerfish
imu underground pit oven used for cooking luau
kahiko traditional, old, ancient
kahuna Hawaiian priest
kai ocean, salt water
kala dollar, money
kama`aina native-Hawaiian or long-time resident
kanaka man, human
kapu forbidden, sacred
kupuna respected elder
kau kau food
kui to string a lei
lanai porch, veranda
laulau meat or fish wrapped in taro leaves and steamed in
a ti leaf packet
lei garland of flowers, leaves, nuts, or shells
lua bathroom or toilet
mahalo thank you
mahimahi dolphin fish
makahiki ancient Hawaiian celebration held annually with
sports and religious festivities
makai towards the ocean
malihini newcomer, visitor
mauka inland, towards the mountains
mele song, sing
menehune mythical small people who are rumored to have inhabited
the Hawaiian islands before Polynesians
mu’umu’u long and loose fitting dress
nai'a dolphin (the mammal)
nani beautiful, enjoyable
nene endangered Hawaii native goose
pahoehoe smooth lava
pau done, completed
poi pounded taro root
pulehu cook over hot coals
pupu appetizer, snack
ukulele stringed instrument,
wai fresh water
wikiwiki quick, fast
THE DOLL & THE WHITE ROSE
hurried into the local department store to grab some last minute
Christmas gifts. I looked at all the people and grumbled to myself.
I would be in here forever and I just had so much to do. Christmas
was beginning to become such a drag. I kinda wished that I could
just sleep through Christmas. But I hurried the best I could through
all the people to the toy department. Once again I kind of mumbled
to myself at the prices of all these toys. And wondered if the
grandkids would even play with them.
I found myself in the doll aisle. Out of the corner of my eye
I saw a little boy about 5 holding a lovely doll. He kept touching
her hair and he held her so gently. I could not seem to help myself.
I just kept looking over at the little boy and wondered who the
doll was for. I watched him turn to a woman and he called his
aunt by name and said, "Are you sure I don't have enough
She replied a bit impatiently, "You know that you don't have
enough money for it. The aunt told the little boy not to go anywhere
that she had to go get some other things and would be back in
a few minutes. And then she left the aisle.
The boy continued to hold the doll. After a bit I ask the boy
who the doll was for. He said, "it is the doll my sister
wanted so badly for Christmas. She just knew that Santa would
bring it." I told him that maybe Santa was going to bring
it. He said "No, Santa can't go where my sister is"
"I have to give the doll to my Momma to take to her".
I ask him where his sister was. He looked at me with the saddest
eyes and said "She has gone to be with Jesus. My Daddy says
that Momma is going to have to go be with her". My heart
nearly stopped beating. Then the boy looked at me again and said,
"I told my Daddy to tell Momma not to go yet. I told him
to tell her to wait till I got back from the store."
Then he ask me if I wanted to see his picture. I told him I would
love to. He pulled out some pictures he'd had taken at the front
of the store. He said "I want my Momma to take this with
her so she don't ever forget me. I love my Momma so very much
and I wish she did not have to leave me. But Daddy says she will
need to be with my sister."
I saw that the little boy had lowered his head and had grown so
While he was not looking I reached into my purse and pulled out
a hand full of bills. I ask the little boy, "Shall we count
that money one more time?"
He grew excited and said , "Yes, I just know it has to be
enough" So I slipped my money in with his and we began to
count it. And of course it was plenty for the doll. He softly
said, "Thank you Jesus for giving me enough money."
Then the boy said I just asked Jesus to give me enough money to
buy this doll so Momma can take it with her to give to my sister."
"And he heard my prayer." "I wanted to ask him
for enough to buy my Momma a white rose, but I didn't ask him,
but he gave me enough to buy the doll and a rose for my Momma."
"She loves white roses so very very much"
In a few minutes the aunt came back and I wheeled my cart away.
I could not keep from thinking about the little boy as I finished
my shopping in a totally different spirit than when I had started.
And I kept remembering a story I had seen in the newspaper several
days earlier about a drunk driver hitting a car and killing a
little girl and the Mother was in serious condition.
The family was deciding on whether to remove the life support.
Now surely this little boy did not belong with that story.
Two days later I read in the paper where the family had disconnected
the life support and the young woman had died. I could not forget
the little boy and just kept wondering if the two were somehow
connected. Later that day, I could not help myself and I went
out and bought some white roses and took them to the funeral home
where the young woman was. And there she was holding a lovely
white rose, the beautiful doll, and the picture of the little
boy in the store. I left there in tears, my life changed forever.
The love that little boy had for his little sister and his mother
was over whelming.
And in a split second a drunk driver had ripped the life of that
little boy to pieces.
TWO CUPS OF COFFEE
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when
24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar...
and the 2 cups of coffee.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items
in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up
a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it
with golf balls.
He asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it
was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured
them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly, and the pebbles rolled
into the open areas between the golf balls.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed
it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured
it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
He asked once more if the jar was full.
The students responded with a unanimous "yes." The professor
then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured
the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty
space between the sand.
The students laughed. "Now," said the professor, as
the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this
jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things:
your God, your family, your children, your health, your friends,
and your favorite passions--things that if everything else was
lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that matter--like your job, your
house, and your car.
The sand is everything else: the small stuff. "If you put
the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is
no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.
The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy
on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that
are important to you.
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take
your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always
be time to clean the house and fix the disposal." Take care
of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your
priorities. The rest is just sand."
One of the students raised his hand and inquired what the coffee
represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It
just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem,
there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."
Please share this with someone you care about. I JUST DID.
God works in mysterious ways, doesn't He? Isn't it amazing how
God works in our lives! On a Saturday night several weeks ago,
this pastor was working late, and decided to call his wife before
he left for home. It was about 10:00 PM, but his wife didn't answer
the phone. The pastor let the phone ring many times. He thought
it was odd that she didn't answer, but decided to wrap up a few
things and try again in a few minutes. When he tried again she
answered right away. He asked her why she hadn't answered before,
and she said that it hadn't rung at their house. They brushed
it off as a fluke and went on their merry ways. The following
Monday, the pastor received a call at the church office, which
was the phone that he'd used that Saturday night. The man that
he spoke with wanted to know why he'd called on Saturday night.
The pastor couldn't figure out what the man was talking about.
Then the man said, "It rang and rang, but I didn't answer."
The pastor remembered the mishap and apologized for disturbing
him, explaining that he'd intended to call his wife. The man said,
"That's, OK. Let me tell you my story. You see, I was planning
to commit suicide on Saturday night, but before I did, I prayed,
'God if you're there, and you don't want me to do this, give me
a sign now.' At that point my phone started to ring. I looked
at the caller ID, and it said, 'Almighty God'. I was afraid to
answer!" The reason why it showed on the man's caller ID
that the call came from "Almighty God" is because the
church that the pastor attends is called Almighty God Tabernacle!!
If you believe that God answers prayers then pass this on. God
By Michael Josephson © 2003
Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten will
pass to someone else.
Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally
So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to do lists will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
It won`t matter where you came from or what side of the tracks
you lived on at the end.
It won`t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.
So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?
What will matter is not what you bought but what you built, not
what you got but what you gave.
What will matter is not your success but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage
or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to
emulate your example.
What will matter is not your competence but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many
will feel a lasting loss when your gone.
What will matter is not your memories but the memories that live
in those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and
Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident.
It`s not a matter of circumstance but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters.
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