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In the Hawaii of my childhood, the whole village was your family. Their sorrows were your sorrows, and your sorrows became their sorrows. We were all related and could not help but love one another. As a child, I called my neighbors uncle or tutu or auntie; a practice still observed by Hawaiian families today. We call it a calabash relationship, derived from sharing a big pot of poi that everyone dips into – family and strangers all.


CITE: The Book of Aloha: A collection of Hawaiian Proverbs and Inspirational Wisdom by Mutual Publishing, Inc.




Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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