Day 29: Mālama: The Art of Caring

malama the art of caring

Rosa Say said, “Acts of caring drive to high performance levels in our work with others.”  Personally,  I am all about performance. The Kū Lifestyle improves human performance and potential; physically, mentally, and spiritually.


Mālama means to take care, preserve, protect, to serve, honor, and watch over.  When we approach people, situations, and life with Mālama, we show our compassion and unselfishness.

We can all think of a moment when we experienced someone who was very caring and kind to us.  We can remember the feeling of security and aloha. It’s that sort of energy that can create emotion and make a difference.

By showing Mālama, in all the aspect of life – you will be able to see the changes happen within yourself and those around you.

Mālama ʻOhana

Care for your family. Of course in Hawaii, family is very big because we not only do we have our immediate family but we have our extended family as well.  By caring for your family, you build up stronger relationships within your inner circle.

It’s all about taking care of one another.  Even when it seems hard because someone in the family is making pilikia (trouble) , we know inside ourselves that they probably need our care more than anything else.

When we care for others, we build up our mana and we elevate others to higher levels.

Mālama ʻAina

Care for the land. Hawaiians have a deep and spiritual connection with the land.  We believe that the land is queen and we serve her.  It’s important that we care for and live in harmony with the land.

Growing up, I used to go with my mom to pick ferns in the forest for her hula students.  I remember her saying, “Only use what is needed.” Too much people have that idea of “see plenty, take plenty,” but this can lead to “waste plenty”.

There are many ways that we can care for the land.  It can start in your own garden, or maybe joining a community garden, or trying to live more sustainable, and picking up a piece of trash during a hike or on the beach.  A lot of small acts of caring can lead to big change in life.

Mālama Kino

Care for your body. Our bodies are sacred.  I wrote about the importance of keeping a strong and healthy body in my thoughts about Ola Kino . But when it comes to a Kū Lifestyle and building a Kū body, your body is your vessel towards becoming Kū.

We use our bodies to move from place to place, to perform our day to day activities, to talk in front of an audience, to make a difference in our communities, and to make sure we are around long enough to create a lasting influence.

Mālama Pono

When we are pono , we can build up our mana, take better care of others and the many kuleana we have in life.  But it’s important to take care of ourselves first.  If you are out of balance, not pono, feeling mentally and physically depleted, then it’s impossible to take care of anything or anyone without the risk of bringing harm to yourself or the one you are trying to care for.

Remember, “Use only what is needed.”

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