May 19, 2016
A Hoʻokuʻu ceremony was held at Muʻolaulani on May 19. The gathering and ceremony were a time for celebrating the last 50 years of Muʻolaulani as well as preparing the Muʻolaulani staff as they made the physical transition to the Queen Liliʻuokalani Trust downtown office as a part of the larger transitions taking place within the organization. There were over 40 people in attendance including special guest, Kahu Kaina, who oversaw the blessing and protocol, as well as Kupuna Alda who shared the following thoughts, inspiration and aloha:
“NOʻONOʻOPONO NO KĒIA MANAWA A ME KA ʻIKE O NĀ WĀ MA HOPE”
The need for the good work of administration and operations continues today. We are at another crossroad and developing a new strategic plan to address the growing needs and larger issues facing our Hawaiian children, families and communities.
There is one thing, however, that is constant—our Queen’s mission and vision for Hawaiian children and families, and the important role of the administrative/operations staff in bringing that vision to life. As it has been over the last 50 years, the description of our kuleana may change with the times and the needs of our people, but the purpose of our work remains the same— that our Queen may achieve her vision for her beneficiaries.
We are one in vision and purpose. To be successful in our mission, we need to let go of any and all things that may hinder our forward movement and be able to let go of any pilikia we may be holding on to.
This event was time to do just that; to embrace the changes i kēia manawa (in the present) and look forward to our promising wā ma hope (times to come), all the while remaining true to our ultimate purpose as the Queen Liliʻuokalani Trust.