Day 17: Akahai - The Quiet Strength

Day 17: Akahai – The Quiet Strength

quiet strength
E noho iho i ke opu weuweu, mai ho`oki`eki`e.
Remain among the clumps of grass and do not elevate yourself.

The Hawaiian proverb speaks to us to not get all big headed or puff-the-chest out, especially when we come across problems in our lives or have to tolerate other people’s mistakes, and personal opinions. A perfect example was in a recent article I came across talking about how a CNN…

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Day 15: Ha’aha’a - Stay Humble, Be Ku

Day 15: Ha’aha’a - Stay Humble, Be Ku #liveku #hawaii #aloha #hawaiian

 be humble

On Day 14, I spoke about Kū Haʻaheoto stand tall and strong with pride. But when living Ku it’s about finding the balance.

There are so many quotes that nail on the idea that you must be humble.  That’s it.  Always be humble.  This brings many people to believe in order to not be considered arrogant and cocky, they bring themselves down to a place where the don’t value themselves and…

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Day 14: Kū Haʻaheo - Show Your Pride

Day 14: Kū Haʻaheo – Show Your Pride

hawaiian pride

Hawaiian Warriors on the Big Island embracing their pride of the ancestors. PC: Kai Markell

Eh, no make shame.

Some may think that being prideful or showing pride is a sign of arrogance.  When we accomplish something, we are told not to boast but be humble.  If we achieve something great, we are told to thank others and be grateful for what you’ve done.

All in all, those are great lessons and…

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Day 13: Koa - Have the Courage to Hear Your Calling

Day 13: Koa – Have the Courage to Hear Your Calling

na koa listen
The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.
- Fabienne Fredrickson

Ancient Hawaiians had the courage to set sail and navigate through the ocean by watching using the stars.  It’s a perfect sign of how the Hawaiian culture saw that people and nature  cannot be separated.  We are meant to work along side with nature.

The Ancient Hawaiians did their fishing,…

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Day 11: Ho’ohana - Self-Expression

Day 11: Ho’ohana – Self-Expression

self expression

I love the arts.

Art is a perfect form of self-expression.  Now many people have different views what art is, I like how Seth Godin puts it:

Art isn’t only a painting. Art is anything that’s creative, passionate, and personal. And great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator.

Today, we are taught that self-expression is seen in our consumption and possessions.  It’s by what…

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5 Variations of Suspension Training Push ups

5 Variations of Suspension Training Push ups #trxtraining #gymlife #fitness #fitfam

suspension training push up

I’m a huge fan of using suspension trainers because they are easy to travel with, good for teaching basic movements, there are a bunch of exercises and variations, and you can have an awesome total body workout.

Being able to do bodyweight exercises are essential.  As much as I enjoy using dumbbell, barbells, and kettlebells, I always make sure I do bodyweight exercises.

One of my favorite…

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Day 8: Ahonui - Keep it Ku

Day 8: Ahonui – Keep it Ku

zen patience

I’d be lying to you if I said I was always patient.

I’m sure there are times when other people just get the best of you and test your patience.  It could be the person who drives 25 mph in a 35 mph speed zone, the boss who piles work on your table and asking you for it to be done yesterday, stand-still traffic at 9pm on the freeway because of roadwork, but I’m sure there is something that just…

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Day 7: Ho’omana - Empower Yourself and Others

Empower Yourself and Others #liveku #inspire #empower

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The first 6 days dealt with a lot of self reflection.

It’s important to reflect on your  life, it keeps you grounded and makes you check your Mana Account.  One of my most favorite quotes is by Eleanor Roosevelt:

No on can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Love it.

Today, I want to talk about Ho’omana which means empowerment.  I heard a great TED talk by Amy Cuddy who spoke about…

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How Females Can Train to Get a Solid Ku Body

How Females Can Train to Get a Solid Ku Body #womensfitness #leanbody

female ku body pullup

Ladies, this one is for you.  Guys, you can share this with your ladies.

Whenever I meet people for the first time and share with them what I do for a living, it’s an automatic opening for a bunch of questions.

Now if we are in a bar and the beer is flowing, being in the fitness industry can really be a pain in the ass.  Majority of the time I’m asked how to lose the fat here (as they jiggle…

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Day 5: Pono - Declutter Your Mind

Day 5: Pono - Declutter Your Mind #liveku #minimalism #minimalist #pono #simplicity

minimalist life hawaii

Simplicity is a beautiful thing

Simplicity involves unburdening your life, and living more lightly with fewer distractions that interfere with a high quality life, as defined uniquely by each individual.

-Linda Breen Pierce

I am a minimalist.

I try not to own things I feel are unnecessary and I drive my wife crazy when I tell her I want to throw stuff out or make a Goodwill run.

But today isn’t…

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Day 4: Nānā i ke Halawai: Look to the Horizon

Day 4: Nānā i ke Halawai: Look to the Horizon #liveku #hawaiian

Ku Lifestyle
The car broke down.  I was stuck at Sandy’s Beach.

I sat on the curb, dangled my feet over the edge, and looked towards the horizon while I waited for my ride.  I watched a set of waves roll in and crash on the shore, it was complete chaos.  Then the ocean was serene.

Breathe, Daniel. I told myself.

I was upset, who am I kidding, I was pissed off and frustrated because I had wanted to get a…

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