Working but Never Finished
This is a working site, not necessarily a finished one. By that, I mean it’s going to be continually updated to reflect what I’m working on. I’ll also be adding resources as I find them.
I’m not looking for the perfect site right now, I’m looking for one that is going to help me grow and be able to share that with others.
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]
I first got into online support during the early 2000’s in the Hawaii.com forums. I was doing research for a Hawai’i website I had and came across the forums. Several people had questions I had the answers to and I quickly started spending several hours a day on there. A couple years later the site started offering points for various things and I was on the site I had quite a few. I even won a trip to Hawai’i in 2004 right before I left for the Navy!
I ended up on the WordPress.org forums in a similar way in late 2015. Google led me to a forum post for an issue I was troubleshooting. As I started looking at some of the other posts, I quickly discovered I knew some of the answers to questions people were asking. Timing couldn’t have been better, as I was attending WordCamp US and had a chance to meet a number of people from the SUpport Team. Everyone was extremely nice and welcoming. I knew this is a place I wanted to be. I started splitting my time between WordPress.com and WordPress.org forums. I enjoyed doing both, but it’s just too much with everything else I have going on. I’m now focusing back on WordPress.org.
I first got into web design back in the late 1990’s, with my first site hosted on Geocities. Remember those sites? I’ve always loved the feeling of creating something from nothing. It’s amazing how many opportunities are available to help others, whether it’s friends, family, their businesses, or our fire department.
I had my first cup of coffee when I was 13. I blame my grandparents, but in a good way. We went to Hawai’i for their 50th wedding anniversary and spent part of our time on the big island. Kona coffee the first coffee I ever had – and I was hooked! You would think that I may be a coffee snob having Kona coffee as my first drink, but I’m really not picky. The darker and blacker the coffee, the better. I tend to drink mostly coffee throughout the day, though I’ve managed to put a soft limit on myself of 14 cups now. I’m working on cutting that down a bit more, but I’m not making any promises. My first WordPress site was actually a site about coffee.