Nana ka Mahina Mahealani– Look to the Full Moon! Excerpts Read from Ano Lani, ʻAno Honua, A spiritual Guide to the Hawaiian Lunar Calendar
Look to the Full Moon that will be in our sky this evening! Publisher, small business owner and creative community advocate Maile Meyer will spend some time talking about reclaiming our natural rhythms, and how each of us can connect to the natural world around us–one day at a time. Some influences in our lives are bigger and stronger than we imagine. In a western mindset, perhaps their “pull” is unexplainable. In other cultures, there are many phenomena that are welcomed and create comfort. In the Hawaiian and indigenous mindset, the moon is a welcomed source of inspiration and guidance. Maile will talk about the nature of the moonʻs effect on us, and read passages from ʻAno Lani, ʻAno Honua, A Spiritual Guide to the Hawaiian Lunar Calendar. A remarkable resource guide put into print by Kahu Wendell Silva. Maile will also share other resources currently available that help us practice bringing mahina (the moon), into our daily lives. This awareness of the natural world, may help uplift or shift a consciousness about how we view the world around us, and our role in sharing our planet.
Maile MeyerPublisher, Small business owner, Creative community advocate
For more than three decades Maile Meyer has been pursuing her passions. As an entrepreneur, publisher, curator, and leading advocate for community based micro economies and native arts, Maile’s been able to channel her desire to champion nohona Hawai’i, hawaiian ways, through combining rooted cultural practices in Western models and contexts.
Meyer has opened and closed a variety of small businesses, and currently has several successful business including Na Mea Hawai’i, Native Books and Arts&Letters. She also is associated with not for profit entities Pu’uhonua Society and Aupuni Space.
Specializing in native art, merchandise, and interactive classes and workshops and a strong online presence, Nā Mea Hawai‘i is redefining a modern business model and serves as a beacon in the community. Maile remains inspired by the future and believes that having more people in business incorporating what is unique about Hawai’i offers diversity and choice when it comes to resiliency and relevance . “We are not going to make it as a species if we believe there is only one way, extractive economies need to make way for regenerative and sustainable models.” Meyer also believes “there is such a thing as enough, but it takes practice and focus to let go of consumptive, competitive models—Hawai’i has the ancestral memory that offers us a choice on how to thrive together.”
Meyer grew up in Kailua, Ko‘olaupoko, O‘ahu, in an idyllic, close-knit community in the 1970s. She is one of seven children of Emma Aluli and Harry Meyer, who were fixtures in the hospitality industry as owners of the Hawaiiana Hotel. A graduate of Punahou School, Meyer received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from the Anderson School of Business at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1987, she returned home to take a position at Bishop Museum. As a young mother, she later branched out as an entrepreneur to contribute to the cultural and creative communities of Hawai‘i. She currently sits in the boards of Marks Garage, the Hawai’i Arts Alliance and Hawai’i Modern, the organization that sponsors the Hawai’i Triennial.