Living in Hawaii, minimalism is the natural way of living pono. Pono means righteousness, and to live pono means being in balance with all aspects of life – mind, body, and spirit.
Minimalism is about bringing yourself back to balance with your true authentic self, with nature, and being mindful about the way you live and making sure the choices you make are pono.
Hawaii has lost a little bit of itself over the years of change and has given into the idea of ‘the more the better’. More buildings, more attractions, more destinations, more noise, more people.
Minimalism is a way to escape the the clutter which allows you to question what adds value to your life, focus on what matters most to you, and what gives your life meaning. Through minimalism you get rid of all that weighs you down physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Modern day Hawaii promotes the need to accumulate possessions in order to be considered successful leading to the idea that happiness comes through the amount and type of objects you possess. That is not the Hawaiian way – that is not pono.
Minimalism guides you away from the desire and need of trying to fit in the mold of consumerism while leading you towards seeking happiness in the things that add meaning and value to your life.
Being a minimalist is simply stripping away the excess stuff – negativity, possessions, ideas, activities, relationships – in order to dedicate yourself to focusing on what is truly valuable and important to you.
Now minimalism is approached in many different ways depending on the individual because you are unique. But we are all headed down the same path towards of life of more time, money, freedom and happiness.
Who is Minimalism For?
If you are searching for what matters most to you in life – health, family, relationships, personal growth, contribution – then minimalism is a tool to help you achieve that. It’s not like you have to apply to become one, you can start whenever you are ready, that’s the most difficult part.
Here on The Minimalist Kanaka, you will not just find information about minimalism but I also focus on being a minimalist in Hawaii and how Hawaii could benefit from some minimalism in our lives.
Aloha and A hui hou.