Strength, confidence, and happiness are things we are in search for.
I was and still am.
I lacked the self confidence to stand straight up. I stared down at the ground, kept quiet, and felt inferior. It was one of those internal battles you probably experienced yourself.
You may have though…
I’m dumb. Stupid. A loser.
I’m not going to go anywhere in life.
I’m ugly. Fat.
I’m a failure.
and the list can go on.
I became a great actor when it came to hiding my emotions. I walked around as if I didn’t care but on the inside I was terrified. Only when I was with my family and people I trusted, which were few, I felt I could be myself. But when I stepped out of my comfort zone, I retreated and hid from the world. I behaved to what I thought people accepted because I believed they wouldn’t accept me for who I am.
I remember my brothers telling me, “Brah, no be shame.” But I was.
Then a switch went off and I decided I wanted to change my life. We are all here to make a difference and have an impact on our family, friends, community, and maybe even the world. But in order to do so, you have to start with yourself.
That is when I came up with Build a Ku Body and the Ku Lifestyle, which is inspired by living pono , minimalism, zen, and of course the Hawaiian culture.
Before, if you met me, you would have thought I was this care free person who didn’t care what anyone thought about me, laid back, nice, and super happy guy.
Easy there tiger. You can’t always judge the book by it’s covers.
We all want happiness in our lives, but the word happiness itself is mind boggling and really hard to explain in words. I mean, there’s science all around the idea of happiness.
I believe happiness is reached through brining value and meaning to your life. A life that is filled with strength, confidence, passion, and freedom where we continuously grow and serve others. My dad always told us as kids, “Whatever you do, your job is to help others.”
It’s not the materials you accumulate or possess that brings true happiness. In today’s society, people are driven by consumerism. The idea has become the more you have the better off you are.
Our lives are not defined by the things we possess , our lives are defined by the things we pursue . – Joshua Becker
Embracing and figuring out what exactly a Ku Lifestyle is to me has led me to where I am today.
Stronger, more confident, and happier but it’s something I continuously work on. I’m not trying to live up to the expectations of society, but rather the expectations I have for myself.
Living Ku has allowed me to simplify my life by bringing more meaning and value and helped me focus on what’s most important.
With that all being said, I want to help you on your voyage to a Ku Lifestyle.
You deserve to feel strong, confident, and happy. You deserve to live and be Ku.
Over the past three years, I’ve been intrigued by the idea of minimalism, the teachings of zen,and living pono. The Hawaiian culture has always been close to my heart. All of these ideas and lifestyles have many similarities.
I shared my initial journey in my book, Aloha to You , which can be found on Amazon. But living Ku is:
your continuous effort to build a strong mind, body, and spirit. By doing so you can make a positive impact on the most important aspects of life; contribution, relationships, personal growth, passion, and health.
This is when I had an epiphany.
“ YOUR continuous effort…”
So I decided to take action and go a step further to help others do the same.
The 30 Day Voyage to a Ku Lifestyle
We could all use a good reminder from time to time. Right now, I feel like I could use one.
For the next 30 days, I’m going to document my Voyage to a Ku Lifestyle and invite you to join in on the ride. Each day will focus on a particular exercise or goal of the day in order to help you take action.
Why 30 days? Because part of living Ku, for me, is learning more about my Hawaiian culture and share it. Ancient Hawaiians were known for being great navigators and voyagers. They used the moon and the stars for guidance. And since there are 30 moon phases, we are going to enjoy this voyage together for 30 days and I will navigate you through it.
You can’t rush a good thing, so be nalu and go with the flow.
You can follow here and also take place in conversations on Twitter , , or with #liveku, and there is always the comment section below to show that you are on board.
Day 1: Holo Manaʻo: Make a Decision
Day 2: E Ala E: Rise and Shine
Day 5: Pono: Declutter Your Mind
Day 6: Mahalo: Be Thankful
Day 8: Ahonui: Keep it Ku
Day 9: Lokahi: Keep the Good Fat
Day 10: Huikala: Time for Forgiveness
Day 11: Ho’ohana: Self-Expression
Day 14: Kū Haʻaheo: Show Your Pride
Day 16: Ikaika: Become Strength
Day 17: Akahai: Quiet Strength
Day 18: Alakaʻi: You Are Meant to Lead
Day 24: Mau: Perpetuate in Righteousness
Day 29: Mālāma: The Art of Caring
Day 30: Kū: Stand Strong and Live Strong