Beach Walk 642R – Memorial Day in the Pacific

We originally filmed this episode for Memorial Day in 2006. But it clearly stands out as a timeless message, and represents the true magic of Beach Walks. It is all completely unscripted, no shot list, we just showed up and worked as fast as we could before the sun set. Sometimes, you know the universe is on your side.

This is one of our favorite and most powerful episodes, though you won’t be finding us at the beach. Today’s show was filmed at the Hawaii Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 50,000 leis were donated, and over 100 young Boy Scouts (thanks for the correction Mark) placed a lei and a flag on each gravestone. I was quite stirred to be in the presence of death while smelling the sweet scent of plumeria lei. Though most of those buried here are from modern wars, this “punchbowl” of an ancient volcano was the site of Hawaiian aliÊ»i burials and human sacrifice of those who violated the kapu or taboos.

Dedicated to my dad and my friend Eric, who’s done two tours in Iraq.

Hawaiian word:
PÅ«owaina: hill of sacrifice
Kaua: war
Kapu: taboo
Maluhia: peace

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Beach Walk 640 – A Question of Companionship

I read what was a tabloid review of comments Oprah allegedly made to Jennifer Aniston. “Get a dog and stop thinking about getting a man.” Well, Lexi and I would like to vouch for the tremendous canine companionship benefits, but even more so, being able to take one’s mind off of a non-problem (“getting a man”) is a quite thing we can all practice!

Hawaiian word:
ʻĪlio: dog

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Beach Walk 635 – Love Your Feet, Go Barefoot

I read this article called You walk wrong exploring lots of new studies showing how modern shoes (with even a minimally raised heel) are not good for the feet!

So naturally, being a barefoot fan and owning a company with Shane named Bare Feet Studios, I love to be barefooted. So give it a try, though do protect your tender feet from surfaces that may not be as sweet as the white sandy beaches of Hawaiʻi. Enjoy those handsome backward-walking feet courtesy of Secret Cameraman and Lexi’s slow march too!

Barefoot Running Shoe

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Hawaiian word:
Wāwae: foot, leg

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Beach Walk 616 – Be Here Now for Business

I find it just as easy and tempting to stay stuck in the past with business relationships as I do in personal ones.

But I was feeling satisfied with an email I wrote to a client this morning, and thought I would bring that even more into awareness, by talking about it here. On a side note, you can see from Shane’s beautiful pan at the end – the silvery volcanic ash-vog to the south and the clear beauty towards the north. What a switch from yesterday!

As I was working on these show notes, this post on social media etiquette came to my Inbox. Thanks Toby perfect timing!

Hawaiian word:
Mahalo: respect; thank you; gratitude

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Beach Walk 615 – Surfing: I think therefore I can

Rainy again today so it was a late run to the beach, as the tide was high and there was a big swell in town!

Lots of people out surfing at Flat Island in the distance (wish I were there!) and it was a great segue for a blog post I read this morning from my friend Richard Noll, I am and therefore I can. I mis-remembered the quote in the episode, but hey! That is what show notes are for. 🙂 And actually, I like both iterations of the thought – I find them both liberating and supportive of trying new things, getting out of the box.

Hawaiian word:
Nalu: surf

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