Those who have known me a long time also know that when I receive a clear message to leap or embrace an opportunity, to correct my course or change it completely, I take a few deep HA breaths, look up at the sky & say seriously?! Then I leap on in & paddle… fast! Visualise here eye’s bulging & head pulsating. This often involves stepping into things that are ‘challenging’. So, when I received the message regarding this video project, after my initial “you gotta be kidding me!!” as I gazed towards the heavens with a serious case of ‘stinkeye’ look on my face, I leapt .
I did some research, set up the Go Fund Me campaign. I spoke to Kumu & some Hawaiian Cultural Practitioners & the response was “let me know what I can do to help”. Honestly, part of me had been hoping they would all say, ‘no way’. Then I would have happily dropped the project like the proverbial hot lava rock. Instead, I had to surrender to this terrain of my next adventure. I have done my due diligence of learning, which is never-ending. Video is NOT my field of expertise, it’s completely new to me. I am an excellent practitioner and teacher and I love learning. Videoing however, had never been on my radar. I’ll confess to having a nanosecond of “I’m too old for this!” 😉
For this Fundraising to succeed support is vital. This project is not about me, I just happen to be the one who was handed the keys to drive it.and said yes. It’s about preserving teachings & practices that are important for everyone & the planet. It’s about building an audience of investors- people who believe in the mission of the project and want to see it come to life, so much they are willing to put their own money into it, be that $5, $50 or $500. Deepest mahalo ( thankyou) to everyone who has donated already – You’re AWESOME!
I have been able to purchase the initial equipment. There is however still much to purchase. My intent is also to financially extend gratitude to those Kanaka Maoli and cultural practioners who share their wisdom.
I’m excited & at the same time, to be completely honest, nervous & feeling a little under pressure to deliver on a monumental project. Truthfully, this project is daunting. However, what do I do in a situation like this…? Tie my slippah’s tight & leap on in, of course. I’ll simply keep trusting the ancestors, knowing as always, they have the plan all worked out.
For the moment, I hope you can see the theme, learnings and lessons in this story for you…