Start Living the Hawaiian Lifestyle
Aloha, brudah! Here is the question of the day. How often do you get back from your Hawaiian vacation and want to continue to live that Hawaiian lifestyle? If this sounds like you, keep reading.
One of the main reasons we travel and vacation in Hawaii is the Hawaiian Lifestyle. There is no mistaking that the Hawaiian Islands bring a different sense of self, a different set of values, and a lifestyle that we long for. The Hawaiian way of life is something that we often want to bring back to the mainland.
However, just like most of you we get back from one of the most memorable times in our lives and get back to the hustle and bustle of the mainland. The question becomes, how do we continue what we enjoyed so much, even when we return from our Hawaiian vacation? How do we continue to live the Hawaiian way of life?
Today, let’s discuss a few ways to continue to live the Hawaiian lifestyle, not just on vacation, but every day for the rest of our life.
The Hawaiian Way – Build Your Community
One thing that I think we have wrong in life is the thought of community. We hear about community and we think of hundreds and thousands of people gathering together and having a great time. Maybe we think of community and we think Waikiki Beach is filled with vendors, visitors, and good times.
One thing that I have learned over the years is that your community is very important. However, your community can be as big or as small as you prefer. For example, I have a very small close community that I would consider my true community. This is full of close friends, family members, and great people that I have met along the way.
Community to me is about the people you truly love. It is about helping people regardless of the situation you are in. Kokua is a Hawaiian word that has meaning to me. At the surface, it nearly means to help. However, a deeper understanding of Kokua is the desire to help people without any gain or payback in return.
Living the true Hawaiian lifestyle that we all long for starts with Kokua. It is about building the community that is close, it is about giving more than you take. It is one of the reasons Hawaiian Island Clothing was founded.
During your epic Hawaiian getaway, how many hours did you spend in your hotel? Probably not too many outsides of sleeping or getting ready to head to the beach. I know when I head to Hawaii, I plan to be outside getting a great golden tan. When we return, why do we feel the need to stay indoors? Yes, maybe it is because we traveled to Hawaii to escape the freezing midwest winters or the extreme heat of the southwest summers. But we tend to love the outdoors in Hawaii, but not so much back home.
One of the best parts of Hawaii is the ability to get outside and enjoy nature. According to multiple studies, being outside helps with stress, can strengthen your immunity, and sharpen your focus. Make this part of your daily routine. They say you need to stop and smell the flowers and typically these flowers are outside. Get back to the Hawaiian lifestyle and spend more time outside. Your body will thank you.
Positivity Always Wins
In my household, we have a saying.
“10% of life is what happens to you and 90% of life is how you react”
To me, this is one of the best ways to live a truly Hawaiian lifestyle. No matter the situation react positively and find the bright side. Your outcome is going to be better when you look for the positive in life.
Now, I get it, there are things in life that are not fair. There are things that we cannot control. But I challenge you to take one thing from this blog article, try to react positively to whatever life throws at you.
Focus on Your Health
Ok, here is the truth. When we travel to Hawaii, we are going to hit the beach and we probably want to look our best on the beach, right? Of course, but this is not really why we need to focus on our health. Full transparency, I struggle to live a healthy Hawaiian lifestyle. It is easier to get pickup or delivery and skip the morning run. However, your health is super important to living the Hawaiian way of life.
Like many of you, my parents are getting older. They can still get around and do things, but it is becoming more and more difficult. They need medication for certain things, just like most grandparents later in their life. Here is my thought. Living healthy now is going to keep you as healthy as possible down the line. Focusing on your health now is going to help you live the life you expect. So, keep eating healthy and get out for that morning run or walk.
Remember, it is ok to have a cheat day here and there. We still need to enjoy the great things in this world.
Live Lei’d Back
For many of us, this is very hard. Our environment is not set up for that Lei’s back lifestyle. However, for many of us, experiencing a lei’d back lifestyle is the very reason we head to Hawaii for that one week per year. This one magical week that we spend in Hawaii, is the only time that we truly get to live lei’d back and unplug. It is kind of sad if you think about it.
I think that it is important to live this lifestyle year-round. This does not mean that we do not have responsibilities. We need to work, we need to make money, we need to ensure that our families have what they need, and sometimes what they want. I am not saying that we need to give all our responsibilities to the wind. What I am saying here is that we need to be able to find that balance, that job title that keeps you away for 65 hours per week, it is not that important. It is more important to find the things you love and enjoy life. Remember, we only get one life. Let’s live it to the fullest.
It is ok to give yourself an outlet, it is ok to unwind after a hard day at work, it is ok to say no. Give yourself the permission to live a lei’d back life, it will help you and your health in the long run.
Gratitude, All Day
Part of the Hawaiian lifestyle is Mahalo. Mahalo is another Hawaiian phrase that we love around here. We often use it as a way to say thanks. But in reality, it is more than. that. It means “Thank you”, as a way of living. Live in thankfulness for the richness that makes life so precious.
Here is what I am going to challenge you with if you are feeling down and out. Find one thing that you are grateful for, one thing that you can say “mahalo” for. It can be anything in your life. It can be big, it can be small, it can be a feeling, a person, whatever. Find that one thing every day and be grateful for it. Focus on it every day for a minute or two. Start to find the good in the world and your life.
Over time, you will start to find more things to be grateful for, more reasons to say Mahalo. Maybe it takes some time to find these things, but look in life and find them. If we are on our way to living that Hawaiian lifestyle, we need to show gratitude, all day, every day.
Live In The Now
Your tomorrow is not guaranteed.
Here is what I know, you probably went to Hawaii, had a few things that you wanted to see, tour, or visit. However, the majority of the time, you went with the flow and lived in the now. When you did something, you were present, when you were on your ocean tour, you lived for the moment, when you went on that Diamond Head hike, you loved every minute.
Fast forward. You come home and immediately start going through the motions once again. You go back to your day job, you get the kids back to school, and you watch your nightly Netflix show with your loved one. Hey, I am guilty of this as well. I go through the motions from time to time. It is time to stop and live in the moment.
Here is my challenge to you. Live the Hawaiian lifestyle you long for and be present. Start to live in the now.
Build The Lifestyle You Want
Something that we all struggle with is the need to earn more money. I am here to tell you that more money does not mean more happiness. Yes, we can pay to have more great Hawaiian vacations and escape to the Hawaiian lifestyle, but life is more about living the lifestyle you want. Living the Hawaiian way.
There are a few reasons that Hawaiian Island Clothing was started, you can read about the Hawaiian Island Clothing story. One of the reasons is very simple. Over the years, I have been working in corporate America. I have been helping these companies make more money, grow bigger, find new revenue sources, etc.
I have always wanted to build a brand that does good for people. I have also wanted to sell cool t-shirts. The concept of selling t-shirts to help people was crafted years ago, but for me, it has never really lead to anything. Time goes on and life happens, wallah, here is the time to build something that lets me live how I want to live. Not punching the time clock, but helping people by selling sick t-shirts.
The point here is that you need to build the life you want. It is not going to just happen. You need to know where you want to go and go get it. I think this is how you are able to live that Hawaiian lifestyle.
Hawaiian Island Clothing was founded in Aloha. Part of Aloha is “Ahonui,” meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance.
To truly live the Hawaiian way of life, you need to take a minute and be patient. Now, this does not mean that we do not try. It does not mean that we give up and let the world bring us what we want.
Storytime. Hawaiian Island Clothing was founded because I was getting ready to head to Hawaii for the very first time. The world changed that and threw us a pandemic-sized curveball.
This blog and selling some sweet Hawaiian-themed t-shirts has allowed me to keep moving toward our goal. The first Hawaiian vacation. The adventure has also taught me the importance of patience. When I first started out, I thought things were going to pick and we would be selling t-shirt and helping people left and right. A year later, things are finally starting to pick up. The reality was, I was not ready to scale Hawaiian Island Clothing. There were many things that I needed to learn.
Being patient has let me discover new skills, new ways of printing t-shirt designs, and how to take a clothing brand as epic as this to market.
If we are truly going to live the Hawaiian lifestyle that we want, we need to learn patience. I know it is hard, but in the long term, it will be better. You might not be ready and time will help us get there.
Every day I try to express kindness to those around me. This is why every now and again, we will throw an extra shirt or two into a package. It is why we donate the majority of our proceeds to charities trying to do great things in this world. We want to be great humans.
“Akahai,” meaning kindness, to be expressed with tenderness.”
Part of the meaning of Aloha is, Akahai. I truly believe that if we had more of this in the world, we would all be in a better place. It is my belief that we should treat everyone that we encounter with kindness, respect, and be willing to lend a helping hand.
So, live that Hawaiian Lifestyle and spread those Good VIbes.
Living the Hawaiian Lifestyle
Every day, I try to live a little more Hawaiian and I encourage you to do the same. These are just a few examples of how I have tried to live the Hawaiian lifestyle. The Hawaiian lifestyle has become near and dear to me, my family, and those around me. This lifestyle helps keep us all grounded and focused on what is truly important in life.