Aloha mai ka kou. I would like to introduce myself. My name is Wilson Angel. I am the art director for Generations Magazine; and a close friend and classmate of Percy Ihara, the publisher of this magazine.
In this issue, Generations Magazine wanted to direct our reader’s attention to the Hawaiian concept of kuleana. Growing up, I only knew kuleana simply as “your business,”—as in “mind your own business.” Not much depth to it. However, I never realized how much weight the word actually carried…until now.
As we mature and as we experience more of life, we all come to realize our own kuleana, or our own deep sense of responsibility.
My first, were my parents. I moved back to Hawai‘i after realizing my place was to be near them. And to care for them. It certainly was a big shift in my life that transcended outwards to everything around me. I had learned much from that point on. Which leads me to this issue’s cover story.
I am greatly fortunate in coming to know Kimokeo Kapahulehua, my kahu. As you will read about him, to me, he epitomizes kuleana…and aloha. Both words intertwined. Both words containing selflessness. In this day and age, we search for that purpose within us—when in fact, it always existed—we just need to be aware of it when it arises. As for Kimokeo, his awareness came as quick as a light bulb turning on. He has focused his kuleana to his ‘aina (land), his ‘ohana (family of all races), his culture and his spirit. He moves with determination and with loving embrace of aloha (sharing of the breath), selflessly contributing his time and energy to so many various organizations
and programs that support seniors, cancer survivors, the environment, whale and ocean protections, etc. So with his example of selflessness, it practically beckons us to also look into ourselves and ask what is our responsibility?
In coming to know your own kuleana, know this—it doesn’t have to be grand. It simply needs to be honest (from your heart) and true (from your soul). And with those, you then apply commitment (your action). It can be as simple as giving your aloha
Wilson Angel, Art Director | Generations Magazine