Saturday, November 12, 2005

Can library services be designed along indigenous ways of thinking?

I attended a interesting evening program at the Hawaii Library Association on "Managing with Aloha, Bringing Hawaii's Universal Values to the Art of Business." Business consultant Rosa Say introduced the concepts from her book, "Managing with Aloha," a title I'll order once I return to the mainland. She discussed concepts like ho'omau, persistence and lokahi, the Hawaiian value of teamwork. She asks, do you hana (work) or do you ho'ohana (work with passion, intention, and purpose)? Kulia i ka nu'u: seek to do your best, always.

Today's events were scheduled from 4 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., featuring a reception, afternoon program, dinner on the grounds near the ocean, evening program, and the first annual anime festival, complete with movie snacks. Programs start anew at 8:15 in the morning and wrap up with an 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. closing reception replete with heavy pupus.