“Pono: A Hawaiian-Style Approach to Balance and Well-Being” is written by speaker and author, Kaala Souza.
Pono is right, and like many other Hawai’ian words, its’ deep, multi-faceted and means lots of different things to lots of different people.
Pono is something you do, it’s something you are and it’s something you live.
Pono is righteous, what is proper.
Pono is the life you were meant to live. Pono is both the ends and the means for achieving balance in life.
In this book, Kaala focuses on three essential elements: a sense of place, a sense of purpose, and a sense of power. Each captures the essence and feel for fullness in life.
Having a sense of place teaches us to understand where we’ve come in a similar way that the ancient Hawaiian navigators tracked their position out at sea. You need to know how you got to where you are. Take a look back and understand how you got to where you are.
A sense of purpose is the answer to whatever our principles, values, and priorities are in life. You must find your purpose in your life like the Polynesian wayfinders deliberately charted their course. Living with purpose contributes to being fully engaged and energized for your work life and home life.
When we have a sense of power, we can measure our happiness and health. Our ability to produce is tied to our physical, mental, relational, and spiritual power base. Without a sense of purpose, we risk losing our happiness.
A pastor for twenty years, husband, and father of three, Kaala shares his passion to consult and train businesses for motivation and growth. Any type of motivation or growth requires change and change is inevitable, but humans are creatures of habit. So, any time a business tries to make any changes to policies or whatnot, employees appear resistant. This is often when speakers like Kaala are hired to help open the eyes of employees to be more flexible and willing to work together as a team to reach a common goal.
Kaala discovered that he is limited on time when speaking during a, let’s say 75-minute, presentation with a group. There’s always so much more that could be said if there was just more time. Putting all his thoughts together, he decided to put together this book in order to hopefully answer additional questions of those at his speaking engagements as well as those who have not had the opportunity to hear Kaala speak.
“Pono” may be a difficult read for those who usually read novels. However, it is quite in tune with the likes of leadership books out there. This book can be found on Amazon.com for $12.95 for a paperback or $4.99 for a Kindle version.
To learn more about Kaala Souza, visit his website: http://kaala.com
Or find him on Twitter: @kaala