Design Story: Mahaloste
Design stories give insight into what my designs mean to me and how they were born.
I gratefully lived on Maui for three years and Kaua'i for one year. My time on the islands was some of the most challenging and equally the most rewarding! I launched my Spiritual Services while on Maui, creating The Happy Channel®, and I opened an office to provide Spiritual Healing! I was also blessed to be on two local radio stations. On Q103, twice a week in one-hour shows, I provided LIVE on-air intuitive guidance! Following that, I produced 2-minute "Soul Treat" segments that aired during the week on KDLX 94.3FM. These were quick insights on how to live your best life!
You can listen to these Soul Treats on Spreaker!
While I was on Kaua'i, I wrote my first book, The Love Channel: Finding Your Way to Happiness! (Available on Amazon, here.)
So you can see that I received much aloha, and Mahalo Nui Loa! :)
When I moved back to the mainland, I would still use Mahalo and Aloha in speaking, and I still use Mahalo to close my prayers!
The shaka is a very common symbol used throughout Hawai'i. There's a short history lesson about the shaka below.
Mahaloste, along with the hands configured in a shaka prayer pose, was created when I would end a yoga class. I would say, "Mahalo and Namaste," so the idea struck one day to combine the two! Voila, "Mahaloste" was born!
This design honors my love of Hawai'i and all that was provided for me while on the islands. It also celebrates the Namaste bow.
It's a beautiful way to acknowledge our fellow human beings!
Story of the Shaka
The widely known "Shaka" is a common and friendly way to say "Aloha" in Hawaii, and the origins date back to the 1900s. As the story goes, Hamana Kilili worked at a Sugar Mill, and while pressing the cane, crushed three fingers. After the incident, Hamana was assigned as a security officer to keep kids from jumping on a nearby train. When he would see the kids, he would wave his hand, and the kids began using the hand symbol that they saw (thumb and pinky extended with three missing fingers) as a way to signal to each other when Kalili was not around so they could jump the train!
Today, the shaka expresses gratitude, aloha, appreciation, friendliness, and more!