Today, I am inspired to actually sit down and write this blog. Why? Because the Hawaii that I was born and raised in is changing. Some for the good and some for the bad. Changes are occurring rapidly with how we live and do things in our islands. Local people have to wake up and be part of what’s happening, which is the reason for why this blog is born.
I grew up in a time where life was pretty simple. Our family lived on the North Shore behind the Mormon Temple. We were raised in the country where there were no paved roads and mud puddles were our pools. The grassy fields and prawn farms were our playground to wander in all day long without a care in the world. Scoop net fishing, catching catfish, digging up worms, rafting down a stream on an inner tube, and playing mud were some of the activities we did when were done practicing piano or homework. I really had the best childhood a kid could ever have.
Here’s a great pic that brings back many of my childhood memories of growing up on the farm. My grandpa would walk us down to the convenience store and buy us candy, then we’d cross the street and play at the beach. Finally, it would be back to the farm for more adventures. As my siblings and I got older, little did we know that we’d become the laborers.
The farm life was not an easy one but it really taught me a lot of life lessons that are still instilled in me to this day. My dad would always be on us to always do our best, quality job number one. Never sit to work because that is being lazy. Keep yourself busy, always. Take initiative to do something or find something to do. These were the life lessons learned on the farm that were pounded into our heads. Don’t do things to make the family shame, make us proud of you in everything that you do. Growing up, we’d get sick of hearing it every time it was farm day. Now that I have my own kids, I’ve learned to realize how so many valuable life lessons were acquired on the farm. It’s those things that you can never learn anywhere else.
My adventures and insights here are reflective of the lessons learned on the farm that are important lessons for all to learn about.