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Offering solutions, not just complaints

August 30, 2011

“Better Hawaii” has been going strong for over a year, and I’m pleased that I’ve been able to keep my commitments to you: a weekly blog about ways that I think we can make Hawaii better and monthly book reviews. Each post is short, and I try to avoid pointing fingers or casting blame.

You’re probably reading the newspapers and online news sites, learning about important issues facing Hawaii, like the growing number of homeless, the Aloun Farms court case, State-HSTA contract negotiations. You may be wondering why I’ve chosen not to address some of those issues.

So I wanted to take a moment to remind myself and you, my silent readers, that when I first started the “Better Hawaii” blog, I promised not to make complaints without also offering solutions. I’m trying to start conversations, not shouting matches.

Benjamin Franklin said, “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.”

“Better Hawaii” is not only about a better Hawaii, it’s a challenge to better Hawaii. I firmly believe that we have the solutions to many of our problems. I hope you will take a moment to contribute your own ideas and make small changes in your own life. Every small act of optimism and thoughtfulness can take us a little further along the way to making Hawaii exceptional.

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Looking to Better Hawaii

January 2, 2010

It started with GoodReads.com, because they sent me the book “Six Pixels of Separation: Everyone is Connected. Connect Your Business to Everyone” (2009) by Mitch Joel. I felt a little overwhelmed, but one line jumped out at me: “Start your own blog – now” (page 262).

Like me, you probably don’t like being told what to do. But the words stuck with me. That night I couldn’t sleep. I was thinking about the things I want to say.

It made me realize that I want to be heard. I don’t want to regret being silent when everything around me can be better.

Born and raised in Hawaii, I am a mother, a reader, and an optimist. I’m not a member of any political party, I don’t copy talking points from any organization, and I’m reluctant to step forward. But I will.

I promise not to make complaints without also offering solutions.

Our leaders don’t have all the answers – we do! Please join me in coming up with ideas and innovations to make Hawaii exceptional.