Hawai’i is a place rich in culture and foundational values that imbue day-to-day life with purpose and structure.
The value of Ka lā hiki ola translates to “the dawning of a new day” or “life-bringing sun” It is the value of hope, optimism, and promise.
How to Pronounce KA LĀ HIKI OLA
Ka lā hiki ola is pronounced [ka la hee kee o la].
What Does KA LĀ HIKI OLA Mean in Hawaiian?
Ka lā hiki ol literally translates into the life bringing sun. For Hawaiians, to Ka lā hiki ola is to live with optimism and hope with each new day. It is trusting in life’s regenerative capacity and the potential we have to meet every new day with positivity and the uplift that comes from feeling a sense of hope. Hawaiians believe each new day brings forth an opportunity to make a difference, it’s another day to make things right or pono.
In Hawaiian culture, it is understood that ka lā hiki ola requires one to take action on that hope. The opportunity for a better day is in our hands and we can use the power of our positive thinking to guide our actions.
How do Hawaiians Practice KA LĀ HIKI OLA?
Hawaiians practice Ka lā hiki ola in many ways. It is ingrained in the culture to honor and give thanks for one’s ohana (family and friends) or for the `āina (land) that supports all life to thrive. It is customary to offer prayers and blessings at all manner of activities and social gatherings. There are strong values like aloha, kuleana, & malama that all lay the foundation for aligning with positive action each and every day.
As an island culture, accustomed to depending on one another and nature to survive, Hawaiians have a strong knit social fabric that elevates those who live by and uplift these values in their daily lives.
Hawaiians are known to greet the sun as it rises from the east every morning. It is a daily ceremony to honor and acknowledge that they have another day to mālama their ʻāina, their kai (ocean), and their kino (body). It was/is done to always recognize and have gratitude for the life they are given and to start their day knowing they can make a difference.
5 Ways to Practice KA LĀ HIKI OLA Daily
There are many simple ways we can practice ka lā hiki ola in our daily lives. Below are a few examples to help guide the path.
It is beneficial to wake up ready to meet the needs of the day and to find fulfillment in taking responsibility for ourselves and how we react. Making it a habit to take care of what one is responsible for actually lightens the burden of those commitments and can bring a sense of purpose with even the smallest tasks and exchanges. If we can seize the day, fully showing up for our Kuleana in life, we help all things flow better. We also inspire others and uplift those around us to do the same.
Care for Others
When we honor and care for all our relations, including our relationship with the land and the animals, we take our place in the circle of life. When we show our respect and our genuine care, we enhance the potential of any exchange. It inspires in all directions and is more likely to help build positive solutions to meet the needs we face, and the needs of our community around us.
To feel hope, optimism, and promise, it helps to tap into the feeling of gratitude. The beauty of this world is immense, as vast as is it’s suffering. We have the choice each day to be grateful for the things we do have, to focus our energy toward a hopeful outcome, and to let gratitude lead our actions. The more we can experience this energy, the more possibilities open and new potentials emerge.
Greet the Sun
As we greet the sun, we appreciate its energy, the warmth that gives us the strength to carry on in our day with gratefulness, and appreciation of our surroundings. We are never promised another day, so we can honor the day by honoring what gives us life.
Breathe in Happiness
As we tune into nature, the energy of the “life-giving sun”, and breathe in happiness, we receive much more in return as we recognize our interconnection with all life and our kuleana (responsibility) has purpose within it. When we align with the sun and generate happiness from ka lā hiki ola, all other values fall right into place and help us on our journey.