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?