I always feel uncomfortable talking about Hawaiian concepts. I am not Hawaiian. Nor am I fluent in the Hawaiian language. While I have lived in Hawai‘i for the greater part of my life, I am (and always will be) in a very real sense foreign. And history has shown that all too often foreigners have usurped Hawaiian culture and concepts and have distorted them into a degraded and nearly unrecognizable form.
Despite my discomfort, I still, like a humble and admittedly ignorant student paying homage to his teacher, sometimes speak of Hawaiian concepts. I do this because I have learned that deeply embedded within the culture and concepts of Hawai‘i is profound and much-needed wisdom. The Hawaiian elders of yesterday and today have something very important to tell us, but, more often than not, we don't listen to them.
Welcome to this video in our series! In this video post we get to the heart of p4cHI; the Community of Inquiry discussion. You will see our group inquire together into a topic of their choosing.
Drawing from his many years of experience, p4cHI founder Dr. Thomas Jackson (Dr. J) shares some of his most memorable moments and significant realizations. These stories provide us with a vibrant and oftentimes inspirational perspective on where p4cHI has come from, what it is, and, indeed, on what it could be.
In this week's story Dr. J and his First Grade philosophers explore the spirit of Christmas as they delve into an intriguing question: Could Santa Die?