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Kūlia i ka Nuʻu

Jun. 8, 2023

Contributed by Kahu Kalani Wong, KS Maui

Heluhelu Baibala/Bible Reading

Eia hoʻi, e nā hoahānau, ʻo nā mea ʻoiaʻiʻo, nā mea maikaʻi, nā mea pono, nā mea hala ʻole, nā mea lokomaikaʻi, nā mea lono maikaʻi ia; inā he mea kūpono, inā hoʻi he mea e hoʻomaikaʻi ʻia ai, e noʻonoʻo iho ʻoukou ia mau mea.- Pilipi 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, think about these things.- Philippians 4:8

He Manaʻo o ke Kahu Kalani Wong, KS Maui

Queen Kapiʻolani had a deep aloha for her people.  She was kind-hearted and compassionate.  She looked after the health and wellness of her people, traveling throughout the kingdom to understand their needs.  Queen Kapiolani had a deep concern for those suffering from leprosy and visited the Kakaʻako Branch Hospital where patients were processed before being sent to Kalaupapa.  She visited the settlement and met with Sister Marianne Cope and Father Damien, visited the homes of patients, and tried to improve things for the non-leprous children of the patients by building them a home.
In her life, Queen Kapiolani’s lived her life according to Titus 2:7, “Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity and dignity.” This is reflected in her motto “Kulia i ka Nuʻu”- strive for the highest, strive for excellence. To be a kūlia person, one must have a pono mindset, to focus on the right things.  Philippians tells us think about what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, or worthy of praise. When we think about such things, our spirits will become kūlia. 

Daniel and his friends were prisoners of Nebuchadnezzar, who tried to convert them by changing their names, their diet, and by teaching them Babylonian wisdom.  Daniel and his friends kept their minds focused on the pono things and sought to be pure.  Daniel “became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.”

In the midst of this world which tries to pull you towards all the wrong things, kūlia i ka nuʻu- strive for the highest, strive for excellence.  Keep your mind focused on Christ and the things that will feed you life, a most excellent life.

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