Who Is This Site For?
GeoffreyShilling.com is primarily for our family to use as a quick reference for our favorite recipes. This site is also for other busy parents that want to maximize the time they have. I talk more about who this site is for and what you can expect on the “Start Here” page.
Our ʻOhana (Who We Are)
“ʻOhana” means family in Hawaiian and you will often see me use it instead of the English version. Our ʻohana consists of my wife Julie, son “C”, daughter “O”, and myself.
- work full-time as a firefighter and part-time as an Information Technology Specialist.
- volunteer as a firefighter for the town we live in.
- am Enlisted as an Electronics Technician, First Class Petty Officer (E6) in the Navy Reserve. I’ve been in the Reserves since 2012.
- am Married with two children.
- love to have fun. My wife often claims she has three kids.
- am Hawaiian-at-heart.
- created my first website in the late 1990’s using HTML and CSS.
- earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems.
- bought my kids their domain names (mine is GeoffreyShilling.com, for example) when they were two years old and eight. Julie thought I was crazy, but you never know if someone has the same name and would buy it. The kids may never want to use it, but at least now they’ll have the option.
- love learning web development in my spare time.
- spent five years active duty with the United States Navy, stationed on a submarine out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaiʻi.
- love coffee but have cut way back in the last year. I only have about six to eight cups a day now.
- have more hobbies than I do time. My list of interests is extensive, but some of my favorite things to do include hiking, camping, running, cooking, Geocaching, and almost anything else outdoors.
The first “big” website I created was back in college and was all about Hawaiʻi. I was lucky enough to be stationed on Oʻahu for four years after I graduated. For me, the Big Island nō ka ʻoi, meaning the Big Island is the best!
I was first introduced to computers by my grandpa back in the late 1980s with the game Mixed-Up Mother Goose. Although it was pretty basic by today’s standards, it was enough to pique my interest and get me hooked on technology. My first experience with the Internet came around 1995 with a dial-up service provided by AOL.
I started making basic HTML websites in the late 1990s/early 2000s. Do you remember the old Geocities websites from back then? It seemed the gaudier your website, the cooler it was. Luckily for everyone, things have changed quite a bit. I do think it would be fun to create an old-looking WordPress theme. Imagine where things will be in another twenty years.
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from DeVry Institute of Technology in 2004. The college has since changed names to DeVry University. After graduation, I spent five years in the United States Navy, serving aboard the nuclear submarine USS Pasadena out of Pearl Harbor, HI.
I ran into a guy I went to high school with at the beginning of 2016 and we caught up a while. It turns out he was a member of our town’s volunteer fire department. Our town is small and doesn’t have a large call volume, but it sounded awesome to me. I started attending the business meetings and was voted on the department in March 2016. I became the treasurer in 2018. The volunteer department is a time commitment, but it’s very rewarding and I love it.
A city nearby was hiring for firefighters in 2018. I didn’t know how much of a chance I’d have but figured I’d give it a shot. The worst thing that could happen is I wouldn’t get the job and things would continue as they had been. I ended up getting hired and started at the end of January 2019. I couldn’t believe it when I got the call from our chief. I’ve never had a more rewarding job and I love it!
Beyond the fact that I’m very passionate about Hawai’i, aloha is the foundation of who I am. Every decision I make is made with aloha and I work hard to instill this in my kids.
From Chapter 5 of Hawai’i Revised Statutes:
[§5-7.5] “Aloha Spirit”. (a) “Aloha Spirit” is the coordination of mind and heart within each person. It brings each person to the self. Each person must think and emote good feelings to others. In the contemplation and presence of the life force, “Aloha”, the following unuhi laula loa may be used:
“Akahai”, meaning kindness to be expressed with tenderness;
“Lokahi”, meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony;
“Oluolu”, meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness;
“Haahaa”, meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty;
“Ahonui”, meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance.
These are traits of character that express the charm, warmth and sincerity of Hawaii’s people. It was the working philosophy of native Hawaiians and was presented as a gift to the people of Hawaii. “Aloha” is more than a word of greeting or farewell or a salutation. “Aloha” means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return. “Aloha” is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence. “Aloha” means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen and to know the unknowable.
(b) In exercising their power on behalf of the people and in fulfillment of their responsibilities, obligations and service to the people, the legislature, governor, lieutenant governor, executive officers of each department, the chief justice, associate justices, and judges of the appellate, circuit, and district courts may contemplate and reside with the life force and give consideration to the “Aloha Spirit”. [L 1986, c 202, §1]