Thursday, July 21, 2011

Aloha Initiative

A  L  O  H  A  !

" We have more possibilities available
 in each moment than we realize. "

Thich Nhat Hanh 

" Take Me To Your Leader. "

" After one look at this planet 
any visitor from outer space would say
 'I want to see the manager.'  "

William S. Burroughs 

Two Faces of Dali

" Each morning when I awake, 
I experience again
 a supreme pleasure - 
that of being Salvador Dali. "

Salvador Dali 

" I don't do drugs.
 I am drugs. "

Salvador Dali 

" Throw your dreams into space like a kite, 
and you do not know what it will bring back, 
a new life, a new friend
a new love, 
a new country. "

Anais Nin

Hello Kitty Goes Native

" It is in the nature of cats 
to do a certain amount 
of unescorted roaming. "

Adlai Stevenson

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 The Aloha Initiative is  a local, non-profit organization that has invited some of the Japanese people most affected by the March natural disasters
to come to Hawaii. 
It's been a tough four months for them
 since the tsunami, earthquake, and nuclear emergency.
 "I'm still very scared, but I have to be strong,"
 says a Fukushima student named Tadano.

Tadano and about 30 other grade school and high school students are staying with host families on Maui - to rest, relax, and recuperate. 
  "100 percent of the students were affected in one way or the other, by the tsunami. Some of them have lost friends or family, also in the earthquake or the nuclear power accident." Said group leader Yumiko Nishimoto
Two weeks ago, the first wave of Japanese - mostly families – arrived through the Initiative and are staying with families on Oahu and Maui for up to three months. Only a very few of them had ever met their host families before arriving here in the islands.
That is the meaning of ALOHA!
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