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February 15, 2018
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26113763_10212921836098970_226593705718777329_nIn traditional voyaging, it is said a navigator has ‘pulled an island from the sea’ when he or she guides the canoe to land beyond the horizon. Navigators of the traditional, ancient ways are able to see further and in ways that others cannot – thus inspiring their crew to find courage and venture into the unknown.

 

What does this have to do with our journey in life, I hear you ask.

Most will be aware of many spiritual philosophies, with the same messages such as: You create what you focus on, energy flows where attention goes, if you build it they will come (Field of Dreams moment there 😀 ), visualise and affirm what you want to manifest etc etc.

 

In this modern, quick, ʻI want it nowʻ, ʻdownload an APPʻ world, there can be a focus so heavily on the destination, that the signs on the journey are missed. We can get so focused on the outcome, that we lose the joy of what is the present moment. There can also be a tendency to forget that Spirit’s wise timing is often very different for ours, and for good reason which is often very obvious in hindsight.

 

Many of you know I have had a strong desire to move to Hawaii. This has been a desire since about 2003. At that time I had Murphy the Wonder Dog, so did all my due diligence regarding the process of him being able to also make that journey and applied for the Green Card Lottery each year for a few years. I wasn’t ‘successful’, however also understood that I had a purpose and unfinished business here. My kiakahi (purpose) was to keep bringing more and more of authentic Hawaii and the Aloha Spirit here. And I did, in canoe loads! Lomilomi and Ho’oponopono classes, Talk Story days, sponsoring and hosting a number of Hawaiian Kumu to come to do classes here, taking retreat groups to Hawaii and happily continuing seeing clients in my Lomilomi, Hoʻoponopono and Kua Lua practice.

 

Fast forward a few years – I met Kaleo at a class I was teaching at the CAE, (another reason I needed to be in Melbourne😉 ) and over the last few years we have been energising our desired experience to live in Hawaii. It is a ‘soul calling’ and desire so strong, yet with all the focus of not only ourselves but numerous Hawaiian friends and Kumu, visualisation, taking many actions : Green Card Lottery three times, receiving daily houses for sale listings, having 2 appointments with a lovely immigration attorney in Honolulu, nothing was tangibly happening in 3D land. We explored every possibility to navigate through the waters, however kept coming up against big waves that kept washing us back on to the shores of Australia. Whilst my human-ness was experiencing some frustration and disappointment, I live as always in I Ka Pono Mea.     Everything is in perfection, in excellence, right place, right time, right Being!

 

So, I began to focus on and truly appreciate what is around us and what we have created here.                                              Our lovely hale, assorted ʻohana of the 2-legged and 4-legged variety, community, my wonderful clients.

 

A couple of weeks ago I chuckled when I was looking at my compost pots and noticed a little plant growing. I thought it was another avocado, which often shoot up. However, when I scooped it out to plant in the ground, lo and behold it was a mango tree, along with a second one under it. Those of you who have been in Anakeʻ Mahealaniʻs classes will perhaps understand why I chuckled at the hoʻailona and symbology. At that moment I received a very clear insight and message. I have Ti and pineapple plants, plumeria( frangipani), hibiscus, avocado and mango trees, giant bird of paradise palms that hang over our fence from the neighbours, live near the beach, a home thatʻs filled with Hawaiian decorations, furniture and items, our joyful Aloha UkeStars practices, finding authentic Hula classes with Nuholani along with the Aloha way I naturally dress every day 😎

      I HAVE pulled the island from the sea and am living it here in Melbourne!

 

Whilst the desire and vision is at some point to live on the ʻaina that is Hawaii and I continue to ʻseeʻ that island,                     I have the 22780721_10212384845834549_7984401885270937437_ndeepest APONO (acceptance) and ALOHA for the Island that has manifested right here.

I currently happily sing and dance around the house to the song

“We Know the Way” from Moana,

We set a course to find
A brand new island everywhere we roam
Aue, aue
We keep our island in our mind
And when it’s time to find home
We know the way

In the book ‘HAWAIKI RISING’ by Sam Low, master navigator Mau Piailug, asks Nainoa Thompson “Can you see the island?” The question puzzled Nainoa. “I could not literally see the island,” he recalls. “it was twenty-four hundred miles away. But it was a serious question. I had to consider it carefully. Finally, I said “I cannot see the island but I can see an image of the island in my mind,”

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Mau also shares “When I ask him where is Tahiti, he know where it is inside of him. A navigator knows where the land is inside of him, even when he canʻt see it”

 

Nainoa recalls “Mau was telling me that I had to trust myself. I had to have a vision of where Tahiti was and that if I held on to it, I would get there. When he said ‘If you lose the image you are lostʻ. He was saying I had to see through my own eyes, feel my own feelings and understand the ocean in my own way…”

 

There are many literal, metaphoric and spiritual layers of depth in this exchange between Mau and Nainoa that can be applied to any manifestation of any desired experience. Hold your focus, follow your guidance with the shifting tides, look for the signs, still the mind chatter, hear the whispers of messages, be present in the NOW. Release the desire to control or micromanage how that journey will be or how that ʻislandʻ will exactly look. Trust Na Kūpuna (the ancestors) and Spirit. Be paʻa within yourself, having done the hana on all levels to Hoʻopono pono  ke ala- make right, more right the path, live pono- be in the excellence, Hele Ka ʻOlelo ( walk the talk),  and bring the literal or metaphoric Island out of the sea to you.

 

E Hoe Waʻa Me Ka Akahele : Paddle your canoe carefully

Hiki Ke Hoʻea Palekana : one can arrive safely

I Ka Pono Mea! All Is In Perfection, All Is In Excellence, Right Time, Right Place, Right Being!

                   🐳 Mahalo nui to the very gracious and aloha Kai Markell for the use of his extraordinary photograhs 🐬

 

 

 

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December 27, 2017
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As we head toward the completion of each year, we are provided with an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been,  as well as the energies of the new year to come.

 

It’s a time of KOHO  ( CHOICES ).

 

What people, places, situations, ways of behaving, thinking, speaking, patterns, old beliefs, habits no longer serve you for a harmonious, healthful journey?

You are provided opportunities to step up or step into your Mana ‘Iho (Self Empowerment) & your ‘Uhane Nui ( Spirit Greatness) daily. You have a choice.

 

Do you listen to our old stories with the Many Excuses, keep eating those old mouldy dishes and trying to land your wa’a on the rocks?

Or do you choose MINDFUL SELF-REFLECTION, recognise only YOU can toss those old, unhealthy dishes in the trash can, jam the lid on it hard, find a new healthy abundant metaphorical supermarket with rows of healthy choices to put in your shopping trolley and aim &  guide that wa’a to the soft landing of the sand.

 

It really is that simple. CHOICES……..EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

 

IMG_3040 (1)RITUAL is an invaluable tool to support kala & oki ( release) of the old, of cleansing & clearing as well as providing the INTENT for creating & manifesting Magical Experiences.
A ritual can be as simple as throwing out old clothes or items that reflect the ‘old you’ or ‘used to be, you’, having a soak in the bath, swimming in the ocean or meditating.

Remember, the INTENT of the ritual is important to articulate as well as the words used. Gratitude for the learnings that have been. Positive, respectful, aloha & pono words are fundamental essentials in creating the desired experiences of the new.

 

Here are a couple of simple rituals that you may find useful in supporting this next phase of your journey

 

  1. If you have a literal Bowl of Light that has Stones in it : TIP THEM OUT. Return them to nature or to the ocean. Once the stones & all they represent are released, let them go for good. PAU –done!                                                                                                                                                   Remember now, no throwing them at anyone!!!!

 

  1. Visualise yourself at the ocean.

Draped over your shoulders is an open ended lei of Limu Kala (seaweed used for release). Allow yourself to speak what you wish in regard to your letting go & releasing, pule (prayer), oli (chant), whatever blessing ritual is pono.

Then visualise yourself walking in to the ocean. As you do, the limu kala is gently lifted from your shoulders by the ocean & gently taken away.

Then allow yourself to float there or do whatever else you are guided to do before you leave the water.                     Remember it is YOUR visualisation, so be creative & bring in all your senses 😃🌅

 

Enjoy creating a multitude of TASTY, HEALTHFUL, ALOHA & PONO NEW DISHES for 2018!

 

Ua Ola Loko I Ke Aloha

Healing Comes From Within by Means of Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 19, 2017
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So you have found your voice……………. but have you read the instruction manual and learnt how to operate it skillfully?

Over the last few of months a phrase that has been shared frequently is “I have found my voice.”

Ok, so what does that mean?

Finding one’s voice and learning to Communicate with aloha and in pono can be two very different things.

 

When we learn to drive a car, we also recognise there certain road rules that need to be adhered to, to ensure we navigate safely on our journey, both for ourselves and others. Whilst our vehicle may be capable of driving at warp speed, doing that constantly is dangerous. We learn that sometimes we need to put our foot on the brake, to slow down or even stop . To look around with awareness.

When I buy a new car, I ask the expert in the car yard to show me all the gadgets as to ‘how to’. I then do my due diligence and read the manual to learn as much as I can about all the aspects of this new vehicle. It’s my responsibility to then drive this vehicle in a pono fashion.

 

Remembering the basic spiritual law of You Create Your Own Reality by words, thoughts and the stories you tell yourself, which also means you create your Perception of Reality.

 

Finding your voice and utilising this powerful tool probably should come with a warning- Handle With Care.

We have a kuleana (responsibility) to use that voice with aloha and pono.

Those of you who know me, know that I choose my words vey mindfully and with care.

 

IMG_3519The Hawaiian ‘olelo no’eau of :   I ka ‘ōlelo no ke ola, I ka ‘ōlelo nō ka make –  In the language is life. In the language is death.  Words can heal ,words can destroy,  is understood to pertain to the words we verbalise and send out to the universe and others,  as well as those we speak to ourselves.

Is the purpose of you speaking and sharing your thoughts and feelings to simply blame, point the finger and  vent or is it  being accountable and communicating.  Communication is a skill that takes practice.

(Practice – Just like my currant endeavour to master ukulele!)

 

So, who is doing the  driving ???

Is it the ego which likes to talk about needs, wants, insecurities, anxieties and stresses. The part that often  thinks of the worst possible and pilikia scenario and be quick to judge and discriminate. The ego voice which always likes to be right, hates being questioned, is full of ‘oh but’s’, many excuses and loves to feel victimised?

Or is it the Higher Self and Spirit ?

An awakened voice speaks with ethics and integrity, however it also Listens and Hears.

As you speak with ethics and integrity, the depth of integrity in which you can listen and hear also expands.

Knowledge is knowing what to say, wisdom is knowing whether or not to say it.

Many times the pono course is take a step back, become the observer and hold your own counsel.

 

We speak in Hawaiian of our Bowl of Light, of releasing those stones that have been diminishing our light. This means doing the hana of self-reflection, accountability and choices, then removing and releasing those stones.

Hurling those stones at someone else in blame however, is neither pono nor effective.

Remember the spiritual laws of what we send out comes back 10fold ( and some!)

 

Morrnah Simeona – highly respected Hawaiian kupuna , kumu and ho’oponopono practitioner has been quoted :

‘Look to yourself if you’re looking to find the cause of your problems.’

When we understand this, we cannot be in the pilikia of blaming others for our stones.

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On a side note here – nor is communicating your pilikia perception through social media.

 

Twice in the last week Lomilomi clients have shared that after I had left the room and they opened their eyes, they had been sure that they had been facing the other way and were a little disoriented for a moment. In both cases they understood that the  message was to look at things from a different perspective, change your perception.

 

This piece from the book  Managing With Aloha by Rosa Say,

articulates  so adeptly many of the important aspects of communicating in ALOHA and PONO

http://www.managingwithaloha.com/19-values-of-aloha/

 

I trust you will find it a useful addition to your toolkit for driving that vehicle of your voice in Aloha and Pono.

     Ua ola loko I ke aloha –  he’ealiika la’I, he ha ku’ulani na

         Life is an echo, what you give out comes back

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July 24, 2017
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Organising Cultural Immersion Retreats is a hana aloha, labour of love always for me.

There are the obvious aspects of accommodation and transport. There’s the months of connecting with, building and ho’omalama (nurturing) aloha and pono relationships with various Kumu and Kupuna.
There’s the hilina’I (trust) that the schedule and the people will come together in perfection with the guidance of Na Kupuna. There’s the happy dancing, deep HA breaths out and a fist pump or two when it all comes together I ka pono mea 😉

No two retreats are ever the same and no experiences can ever be repeated.

This trip kept unfolding with extraordinary opportunities, even whilst we were there. Those who chose to pick up a paddle and stayed in the wa’a for this trip, have certainly had life-changing experiences. And what an extraordinary crew of paddlers they were!

With that being said, I find it deeply profound, thought-provoking and insightful for the experiences and reflections of the Cultural Immersion to be shared through their eyes, hearts and voices. Following are the varied sharings of the ‘paddling crew’ of the Cultural Immersion Retreat 2017. I trust their words and mana will have some ‘aha’ moments, insights, learnings, deeper layers of understanding and connections for you as you read. Perhaps they will ignite a spark within you for your journey.. ….enjoy :)

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February 12, 2017
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IMG_0828It’s not often that I sit back from my computer and say a humbling, heartfelt ‘WOW’, and I’m feeling very grateful that today was one of them.

The last week had been one that had resulted in me taking many a deep HA breath and exclaiming “Geez, there sure is something going on in the Cosmos!” and “when’s the @#%^ full moon?” (Friday as it turned out!)

It had been a week of people whose actions, words, behaviours, communications, non-communication, requests and questions had spandexed my aloha.

Being accountable for creating what is showing up in my reality, I mahalo’d (thanked) the opportunities Spirit were providing for me to set clear boundaries and speak my truth, in aloha and pono in my mana ‘iho.

Regardless of who we are, what we know, how we live and walking our talk, we all have times when our energies are a little frayed around the edges. The superhero undies are in place, however the elastic has stretched somewhat, the Eveready Bunny’s battery is a little low. Time for a new pair of fully elasticised undies and a new battery!

If I had to label the feelings I would call them disappointment and some sadness. I acknowledged them and that my pu’uwai ( heart) had retreated momentarily to the ‘safety’ of a perspex shield, accompanied by a large glass of wine last night ( for medicinal purposes of course!)

Gotta love those tricky Ancestors, Spirit, Angels. This morning I received this profoundly Aloha email from
a student who I first  met some 10+ years ago in a social setting. Wow, what a reminder of why I do what I do, am who I am, live how I live and follow the path of Aloha. Here is an excerpt….

…….I will change my current site description. From my context you are always with me. There are times I am working with someone and I channel “Tracey.” While I am not actively in contact, you have always been and always will be a mentor for me.

What would Tracey do? What would Love do? are the same conversation and a context that has guided me over the years. The conversation of Love is in many ways idealistic. When I relate it to ‘Tracey’ is when I have Love in action and a path. It is how I describe your light to others. I also have mentors who have long since passed yet the spirit of what they shared can not be extinguished.

 When we met, you had compassion for me even though you knew I was dark and lost. You were the only person who could see there was more and you backed it with your contribution even if it wasn’t deliberate. We can not undo the past and I can not ignore my affinity, love and appreciation for what you did for me. Because of you, all the lives I touch benefit.      SG

Mahalo nui SG for your most profound and precious articulation, which has helped remove the perspex shield, repaired the frayed edges, put the bounce back in the Bunny and the rainbow sparkle in the Undies :) ♥

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January 1, 2017
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As I have journeyed through life, a concept that has always been important to me is that of being of service, of giving back and/or paying it forward. Honouring,respecting and valuing : all life, all who have taken the time to teach and share their wisdom, all who have shown aloha.                                                                                                                                      A prevalent Western mindset however is “what can I get from this”, “what am I going to learn”, “how can I utilise this information or teachings to make money”.  

 

As I was transferring items this morning from my 2016 to my 2017 diary, I came across a piece of paper where I had written “we make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give”.                                                                        The next piece of paper was a list of Hawaiian  sayings. The first one my eyes landed on was “O ka pono ke hana ‘ia a iho mai na lani” :Do good until the heavens come down to you/ Blessings come to those who persist in doing good. 

I always smile at the way Spirit make the acknowledgements and the message so obvious sometimes. :)

My Invitation to everyone for 2017 is do things, give your time and energy, not because of the money or what you might gain from doing it. Instead do it from the heart,  of being of service, being aloha and pono, honouring and respecting others who have journeyed longer than us, the planet earth and all who share this planet with us.

E aloha, e mana, e pono : Let there be Love, Power and good Fortune

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December 4, 2016
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When Barbara asked to interview us, I will confess to being a little nervous! Whilst I trust in & certainly pule’d to ensure the ancestors would be guiding the interview & what came out of my mouth, I’m still human 😉 Also, always being mindful & aware that I am being ka leo (the voice) for all who stand behind me, it’s important to ensure my words are aloha & pono.

We did ok  :) Mahalo & blessings to all involved & the editorial expertise  :)

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November 1, 2016
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In this modern technological age, we have the blessing of the smartphone, internet. email, tablet and a multitude of devices to keep us connected and informed. Or do they?

 

Whilst Google is a wonderful resource for information, it is also a haven for much mis-information. I certainly do bless some of that information for the eye-rolling exercises and deep HA breaths with which they provide me. Remember Nana I Ke Kumu – Look To the Source.

 

This technological age has also resulted in the prevalence of the quick answer, impersonal, lack of connection texting and FB messaging. These are very useful ‘connecting’ tools for many reasons. However they have also paved the way for much misunderstanding, mis-interpretation. misperception and ‘disconnection’ from human interaction and engagement.

I often receive texts, FB messages and emails from haumana and others requesting guidance or asking a question. I always reply in a pono way in relation to the capacity with which the question was asked. I can hear the ‘huh, what?’ resounding in some of your mana’o. As I recently wrote to a haumana after a recent such exchange :

 

“An aloha protocol suggestion for questions such as this in the future, a phone call will elicit deeper information and layers.”

 

Ae, pick up the phone!!!!!!!

Value and respect the knowledge, wisdom, depth of experience, time, energy and the journey travelled of a Kupuna, Kumu, Teacher. There is sooooo much they know, however remember, you gotta ask the right questions and actually listen to what is being said, how it is being said and what is not being said. Listen to their voice. Connect with their HA, their MANA.

Pick up the phone and press the call button for a change. You may find a whole new world of possibilities and breadcrumbs open up for you.

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August 29, 2016
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As I head toward the final Advanced LomiLomi Training in Australia, I have been reflecting on  the prevalence of people purporting to ‘do’ lomilomi, to ‘incorporate some lomilomi strokes and techniques’.

On a visit to the gym recently I saw a flyer for the new massage practitioner there. On reading the flyer, that phrase was the cause of a deep HA sigh and eye- rolling exercise. I did do my mahalo’s for the opportunity of the eye exercises and deep breath as I headed into Pilates class. :)

 

This excerpt written some years ago by Kumu Dane Silva sums up and helps clarify this matter of mis-use of the term lomilomi.

 

“ What is lomi? … Although the Hawaiian dictionaries define lomilomi as massage, it would be useful if we consider that the term was used by ancient Hawaiians. In other words, other forms of massage were unknown. Lomilomi does not refer to massage in general; it refers to traditional Hawaiian forms of massage and healing methods.

Today, we see people using the word lomi or lomilomi to describe what is not traditional Hawaiian massage. They naively think that the word can be used to describe their form of massage because that is what the dictionary says it means. This is not appropriate because it confuses the public into thinking that this non-Hawaiian form of body therapy is based on traditional protocols, concepts and techniques. It is also offensive to Native practitioners.

In marketing and advertising terms, the use of the word lomilomi can be powerful. The use of the word kahuna is powerful. When a practitioner uses the word lomilomi they should not be referring to a non-Hawaiian form of therapy. When a practitioner uses the word kahuna they should not be referring to a person who is not a member of the Native hierarchy of masters. “

 

Lomilomi in many ways has little to do with ‘technique’. It does however have everything to do with upholding and honouring traditional Hawaiian values and practices, with protocol, with connection to the ancestors, connection to Spirit, with sacredness, with being pono and living aloha.

As with Ho’oponopono, Lomilomi has too been a huge target of Westernised mis-appropriation and mis-use.

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June 3, 2016
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I do so love the way Spirit regularly provide opportunities to check in that my aloha, pono and my hele ka ‘olelo (walk the talk) superhero undies are firmly in place.

Tuesday evening I received a message on Facebook from a friend, asking for assistance to find Puddles, a gorgeous little 6 month old bundle of fluff, a forever home. Part of the message said ..” my mum can’t keep me so I’m looking for a loving person and my forever home.” Enter my 3 minutes of judgement and pilikia. I am passionate about animal welfare and rights, and I’ll admit whenever I see a line such as “my mum can’t keep me”, that other Gemini emerges – the Xena warrior one, that is. You know, the bulging eyes and flared nostrils.

Once my 3 minutes of pilikia at the human subsided, I re-focused on the little Being who needed plenty of aloha, I straightened the above –mentioned undies and stepped back into my pono-ness. This event had appeared in my awareness for a reason and I knew it was my kuleana (responsibility) to take action. To take action regardless of how tired I was and how many other things I ‘needed’ to attend to

I forwarded the information to 3 friends in particular who would be sympathetic and may know someone. Seems they all went into the same 3 minutes I did, however also agreed to help.

The next morning I messaged the friend (who was not Puddles Mum) who had sought my help, and asked for the ‘back story’. It was important that people knew what the full story was. Geez, I wanted to know anyway.   I won’t share the story here, however suffice to say it wasn’t what my initial pilikia outburst had imagined. That was the important information that was then shared with the others. It shifted the energy.

By 10am I received a call from another friend saying they had a friend that wanted Puddles. By 10.30 it was a done deal. Puddles had a new forever Mum to go to.

The very next day Puddles had a lovely road-trip with friends from the country to Brighton where her new adoring Mum was waiting excitedly.

 

Another part of the story is that Kay, Puddles new Mum, had been looking to adopt for some time, however had received no replies from the various shelters she had contacted. She had been just emailing them that morning expressing her disappointment at the lack of response. Spirit already had in motion that Puddles was to go to her, it just took the pono energies to align and for all of us to follow those breadcrumbs.

 

Are you seeing all the links here? All those cords connecting.

 

I had a moment of hesitation sending the information to my network initially, due to my judgement, assumptions and pilikia. I am very grateful for the reminder and evidence of ‘listening’, getting my own ‘being busy’ and my ego out of the way, re-aligning into pono, following the breadcrumbs, taking the action, allowing the energy to ripple out into the universe and watch the Aloha magic unfold. The most important thing in that moment was to focus my aloha and intent on the precious little furry bum, do the action in the 3D realm, play my part and hand it up to Spirit. I ka pono mea – all is in perfection/excellence/rightness.
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Mahalo to everyone in the 3D realm, the unseen realms, Facebook and email that assisted in this Magical event unfolding so quickly and smoothly. :)

When I received this photo of Puddles and Kay, I did get teary. What a gorgeous pair of Aloha Beings who are so meant to be together. What great manifestors these 2 are !

 

 

 

 

 

 

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