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Exploring Pau Hana

In Hawaii, ‘hana’ means work and ‘pau’ means finished. You’ll often hear pau hana, which translates work is finished for the day. It’s the Hawaiian version of the popular, ‘it’s 5’oclock somewhere.’ You hear it most often on Fridays when not only the work day is done, but the work week is also done.

Friday pau hana celebrations are held at the bars, the beach, and the surf. It is making the conscious decision to leave work behind and enjoy your free time. What do you do to prepare for pau hana? Do you have any habits or rituals?

I work hard and try to complete projects daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly. If you had asked me my weekly pau hana ritual, I wouldn’t have had an answer. However, recently, I discovered I do have one. Each Friday morning, I begin the weekly cleaning before going to work.

Each Friday morning, I clean the bedroom and bathroom. The rest of the home is cleaned on Saturday. I cannot say when I started this, but I enjoy returning home on Friday evenings to a clean bath and bedroom, with everything in their places and the rooms sparkly, shining, and smelling of fresh linens. It is lovely to end Friday and start Saturday morning with these rooms clean. This Friday…since I’ll already be at the beach…I’ll enjoy the Pau Hana beach party. What pau hana rituals do you have?





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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