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Aloha ‘Āina

Jun. 5, 2023

Contributed by Kahu Kaunaloa Boshard, KS Hawaiʻi

Heluhelu Baibala/Bible Reading

Ke ʻī mai nei ke Akua, ʻo Iēhova, oe penei, ka mea nāna i hana nā lani, a hohola aʻela iā lākou; ka mea i hoʻopālahalaha aʻe i ka honua, a me kona mau mea ulu; ka mea hāʻawi i ka hanu no nā kānaka ma luna ona,  a me ke ea hoʻi i ka poʻe e hele ana ma luna ona:- Isaia 42:5

This is what God the Lord says, “The Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out, who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it,  who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it:- Isaiah 42:5

He Manaʻo o ke Kahu Kaunaloa Boshard, KS Hawaiʻi

The Prophet Isaiah speaks to us with words that are revealed to him by our Creator. God’s voice resonates with the authority and power by sharing with his servant the order of the formation of the heavens, the earth, and the breath of life that gave us existence. Much like the order of life revealed in the Kumulipo, God’s creation is known by all who seek truth and live by it. We are the people of truth, and we know it when we hear it. We know it when we see it, and we know it when we live it.

Thus, our native intelligence clearly demonstrates that we are interdependent with our ʻāina. This ʻohana-style learning environment that we are so fond of encourages us to mālama our land and other natural resources because it is our calling. We know that as kānaka we are deeply connected to the ʻāina as children are connected to their parents. Our kuleana is to care for what we have and in return, we receive nourishment from the abundance that we have been blessed with here in this kingdom of God’s making.

We celebrate this God-ordained relationship with our natural surroundings by acknowledging the bountiful gifts of the sea, the rivers, and streams, the flora, and fauna that we have the honor to care for and joyfully experience each day. May our Lord bless you and keep you, and may God’s hand help you to care for your resources and share them with others, now and forevermore, Amen.


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