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For the Love of ALOHA – 2017 Blog Update!

When you live on an island for over a decade, there may come a time where a change-of-pace elsewhere can seem like a welcoming thought.  That is at least what initially occurred to my husband and I when we most recently were departing the aloha state. …but let me tell you, not even 24 hours after touching down in that “elsewhere” place, and our heartstrings already felt the tug. The tug of being homesick. See, to us, home has never been the places in which we were raised as children. Rather, home was where we morphed out of teenage life and molded in to adults.  It is where we both individually ventured to on our own and then made lives for ourselves.  Also, it is where we eventually met each other, fell in love, and gave birth to our first child. Home, is Hawaii. For a while though, we fought that tugging feeling, as we just didn’t see permanently moving back to the islands being aligned in our stars.  Career-related events led us to leaving, and then child-planning kept our minds looking elsewhere. We then tried …

African Artisan Adornments that Give Back

  At a point in my late teen years, I was one signature away from joining the Peace Corps. But before that spec of time, there was my younger teen years, a period in which I was heavily engrossed in International Affairs. Most of my interest was embedded with Africa. I dreamt of being a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador and traveling to Northern Africa. My family thought I was crazy because where I wanted to specifically make an impact (Sudan), was at the time, in a state of crisis – with a western region (Darfur) being described as one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. After sharing all of that, I must note that my personal backlog is not what is important here. What’s important is that with the ever-growing, widespread participation of developing countries in World Trade, and the partnering interests of Americans with such communities, I see a glimpse of hope. A hope that through social enterprises (like the one being featured in this article), there can be an “increase of economic opportunity” to empower …