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Meant to be.

In the Japanese culture, does something called omiyage, which is gift that you give to a friend after returning home from trip. My mother works in the hospitality industry and is often given omiyage as guest check in or out of the hotel. Hawaiʻi takes a lot of inspiration from the Japanese culture as we have so many Japanese tourist visiting our island.

Going to Paris, I brought some ribbon lei, local snacks and UH Hilo swag, such as lanyards, stickers, etc. I made goodie bags for some people. I made a tag for each good bag which read: “Mahalo nui loa. (Thank you very much)” and one the back I included an ʻōlelo noʻeau I found back in June. “ʻAʻohe pau ka ʻike i ka hālau hoʻokahi. (Not all knowledge is learned in just one school.)”

When I returned to campus in August, we had a freshly renovated library, and as you walk in there is a large ʻōlelo noʻeau displayed. This made me so happy, because it was as if I was doing exactly what I was meant to. Not that I had any doubts, but it just confirmed that it was definitely was supposed to happen.

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