"Living on Oahu has taught me underlying principals in nature that are inherently beautiful and valuable. I intend to interweave this indigenous knowledge into my modern, scheduled life when planting, working and even resting. Learning from the voyaging canoe Hokulea's Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage and the way they navigated using the stars keeps me grounded. No matter where I am in the world, I can look at the night sky and feel that connection to my island home and the cycles in time. In the Fall months, I always try to recognize Makali'i also known as Pleiades on the mainland that, in Hawaii, signals the start of the Makahiki season, a time of harvest and the rainy season. The lessons and traditions of Hawaii are treasures I carry with me no matter where I travel."