When your child transitions to 9th grade, will he or she succeed or fail?

By Momi April 3, 2017 Tags:
succeed or fail
Here’s a warning based on hard evidence: 9th grade students who get “off track”, meaning they don’t make the necessary social and developmental adjustments; they don’t adjust to the structur [Read more...]

Healthy, Happy, Heartfelt tip of the Day: Soothe your aching muscles

By Momi April 3, 2017 Tags:
Soothe your aching muscles
A stiff knee after a hike up Diamond Head; an aching shoulder from lifting too much at the gym; a throbbing lower back from too much bending at work; or a stiff neck from the overwhelming stress of mo [Read more...]

How To Handle A New Job: New Job Blues ( 5 Tips)

By Momi February 8, 2017 Tags: ,
How To Handle A New Job
I am absolutely sure that new situations are harder for me than for most. There’s no way anyone else gets as crazy anxious as I do. But, just in case, here’s how to handle the New Job Blues, or an [Read more...]

Prayers you can Trust will be Heard: 5 Steps

By Momi February 6, 2017 Tags: , ,
pray to God
 I don’t know anyone who prays just to pray. The people I know pray to be heard. They pray to God so that God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit hears them, answers their prayers, takes away their worries, [Read more...]

How to be patient with life, without letting life happen to you (1 thing to remember)

By Momi February 1, 2017 Tags: , , , , ,
How to be patient with life
I hate it when I hear “You have to be patient.” My response to that is, “Patient for what? For life to happen to me?” Time is money.  I get older by the minute. I’m already 43. My life is h [Read more...]

How to Live in the Present Moment

By Momi July 17, 2016
Live in the Present Moment
In many of my blogs, I share with you the reality of my failings, not because I want to dwell on my many failings, because I don’t.  I share about that in my effort to support you.  It’s easier [Read more...]

A Fun Way to Achieve your Goals

By Momi July 17, 2016 Tags:
Way to Achieve your Goals
Games are fun, and can become a great strategy to achieve your goals. I know people who play games solely for the thrill of crushing others. They love it when others lose. That’s not the kind of gam [Read more...]

How do I help someone who is using drugs?

By Momi July 17, 2016
How do I help someone who is using drugs
If you know that someone you love is on drugs, congratulations! You’ve done one of the hardest things ever. You saw through them.  Know that they probably put forth their very best effort at hiding [Read more...]

How do I stop drinking?

By Momi July 17, 2016 Tags:
How do I stop drinking
First, decide that you’re going to stop drinking.  Make a declaration to yourself. Make a declaration to your higher power. Tell the person you most trust in this entire world, that you will.  Eve [Read more...]

How can I trust him again?

By Momi July 17, 2016 Tags: ,
How can I trust
Trust is the hardest thing to keep, and the easiest thing to lose. Once he breaks the unspoken rule of trust, you’ll doubt, to varying degrees, everything that comes from his mouth. Everything he sa [Read more...]

Loving Little People with Purpose Tips for your College Students

By Momi July 7, 2016 Tags: ,
Tips for your College Students
Four tips for college bound students: PARENTS TOO!   High school graduation, an achievement not all of us attain, is a rite of passage; an appropriate transition, and admittance into the new worl [Read more...]

How do you know when you can get married? 2 sure things!

By Momi July 1, 2016 Tags:
How do you know when you can get married
It frustrates me beyond belief when I read “how to” lists written by authors who claim to know everything about that topic. I guess it frustrates me because when I’m looking for answers, I forge [Read more...]

Bible Verses for a Marriage in Trouble

By Momi July 1, 2016 Tags:
Bible Verses for a Marriage in Trouble
This meat of this blog was not written by me.  The power in this blog came from a text message I received from my sister Lisa.    It arrived on my phone, read by my eyes, and overwhelmed my heart, [Read more...]

Matthew 6: He Advises. He does not condemn!

By Momi June 8, 2016 Tags:
If I don’t obey Jesus, I’m going to hell.  That’s what I used to believe.  I know now that Jesus does not condemn.  He advises.  He shares. He guides. He counsels. He loves. In all of my Bib [Read more...]

Matthew 7: How do I Ask For What I Want? 3 Tips

By Momi June 8, 2016 Tags:
Sometimes I get so sick of people pretending to have all the answers for all of life’s burning questions. I get sick of people telling me how we can’t do this, and we shouldn’t do that.  Most o [Read more...]

How to make a relationship last forever

By Momi June 8, 2016 Tags: , , ,
The key to keeping a relationship healthy, loving, positive and alive is the easiest and hardest thing you’ll ever need to do.  But, it’s the most important thing you’ll need in order to live y [Read more...]

Some Must-Know Relationship Advice for Women…A.B.C.D.

By Momi June 8, 2016 Tags:
relationship advice for women
Accept that your spouse won’t always be able to be honest Here’s the best relationship advice you’ll ever get.  Accept that your spouse won’t always be able to be honest. What? Serious? Y [Read more...]

Why The Struggle For Success Is Worth The Fight…A.B.C.D.

By Momi June 8, 2016 Tags:
struggle for success
Arrival is exciting Think about the last time you were on a plane going to Vegas, or your favorite vacay destination. The pilot announces over the PA that you’re 15 minutes from landing.  The excit [Read more...]

Some Parenting Tips to Help your Children Blossom…A.B.C.D.E.

By Momi June 3, 2016 Tags:
Some Parenting Tips to Help your Children Blossom
I’ve probably made more mistakes than you when it comes to parenting. The funny thing about making mistakes–mistakes make you an expert.  I’ve screamed, smacked, got defensive, ignored, cha [Read more...]

Community Contributor Aunty Espy Hawaii Plantation Village Kunia Hawaii

By Momi May 20, 2016 Tags: , , , ,
AUNTY ESPY Sharing memories; her ministry of ‘ono cooking; her faith; and love for people. Aunty Espy Garcia is 83 years old, but you can’t tell by the way she serves, moves, jokes, cooks, pra [Read more...]

Community Contributor (Waianae, Hawaii) Tammy Tong

By Momi May 20, 2016 Tags: , , ,
TAMMY TONG-WONDERFUL WOMAN OF WAI’ANAE GENTLE AND LOVING, STRONG AND WISE Stacey Pasion: “Tammy is selless, kind hearted, and has a sincere love for  others. Tammy makes my heart smile and I am f [Read more...]

Community Contributor (Kunia Hawaii) Kaipo Paiva

By Momi May 20, 2016
HPD OFFICER KAIPO PAIVA Building Bridges. Connecting Communities. Making a Difference. If you see Officer Kaipo Paiva coming toward you, you’re not  necessarily in trouble, so don’t worry!  He [Read more...]

Community Contributors Restore Habitat Hawaii (Leeward Oahu)

By Momi May 20, 2016 Tags: , ,
RESTORE HABITAT HAWAII Companies caring for Communities I thought the Restore closed down.” hat’s what most residents thought. here’s great news; they are still around, and they will be for yea [Read more...]

Matthew 5: We Are Assured of Our Blessings

By Momi May 20, 2016 Tags: , , , ,
Matthew 5: We Are Assured of Our Blessings
In Matthew chapter 5, Jesus sees the multitudes of people. Having just come down from the mountains to start the active part of his ministry, he shares the Beattitudes. He declares in Matthew 5:12 “ [Read more...]

3 things to remember when you need courage & strength

By Momi May 20, 2016 Tags: , , , , , ,
Matthew 4: What to do when you feel tempted?  3 Things to Remember Have you ever felt like you were so alone, that the entire world was against you? Have you ever felt like just when you were on the [Read more...]

Bible Verses on Faith Shepherding the Lost

By Momi May 17, 2016 Tags: , , ,
Bible Verses on Faith Shepherding the Lost
Our goal is to become a voice to compel social change.  It takes a village to raise a child. I know firsthand what that means. When I was in the mainland and not able to be there for my children, my [Read more...]

My Angel card readings for today: Message #2: Honor and take your position!

By Momi May 10, 2016 Tags: , , ,
My heart needed to hear from my angels again today. I needed reassurance about my direction and whether the things I was doing in my life are things I should be doing. I asked my angels, “Angels, am [Read more...]

My Angel card readings for today: Message #1: Gratitude

By Momi May 10, 2016 Tags: , ,
Today started off to be a bad day. But, I knew I had enough God-given, divine authority to change it. At first, I decided that all I could do is to do my homework and write thank you cards to those wh [Read more...]

Island Pacific Academy

By Momi April 22, 2016 Tags:
ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY; PREPARING O’AHU kEIkI TO “GO FORWARD WITH CONFIDENCE.” I Mua Me Ka Ha’aheo Students, and their ‘ohana, from around O’ahu, call Island Pacific Academy their home [Read more...]


By Momi April 22, 2016 Tags:
Proud and humble Nānākuli resident and Wai’anae High School gr aduate, George Kalilikane says his life’s mission is to be a blessing to others.  He does that one paddleboard lesson at a time. J [Read more...]


By Momi April 22, 2016 Tags:
When it comes to knowing what he wants and going for it, 28-year-old Samuel Keli’inui “Kamu” Kapoi is all guts.  Kamu  is  a  man  on  a  mission.  He  describes  himself  as  ‘str [Read more...]

Another young man on a mission – LEIGHTON PANUI

By Momi April 22, 2016 Tags:
It  was  evident  in  the  8th  grade  that  Leighton  Panui Jr. had a promising future. The afternoon  I had an encounter with Leighton, while he was an  8th  grader  at  WIS,  impact [Read more...]

Congratulations Max Holloway on your recent win against Cole Miller!

By Momi April 19, 2016
MMA FIGHTER: M A X “BLESSED” HOLLOWAY 23-year-old, 2009 Wai’anae High School graduate Jerome “Max” Holloway is a man on a mission. He’s a husband, father and son.  He’s doing his best t [Read more...]

42-year-old, Johanne Mitchell, is a man on a mission

By Momi April 19, 2016
JOHA NNE M ITCHELL brings jiu jitsu  to mākaha Johanne MitchellJohanne, his wife Lynn and his children Alexis and Sky, have  brought the ancient ar t of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to Mākaha. Through 808 [Read more...]

The Man Behind the Magazine: Tadd Rienstra of TJR WORKS! LLC

By Momi April 19, 2016
Most Hawaii transplants come to Hawaii over the ocean, or on the ocean.  Not Tadd Rienstra.  He came through the ocean–on a submarine! In 1991, stationed on the USS Flasher SSN-613, from San D [Read more...]

HO’OMAU KE OLA – Their efforts to heal and strengthen community

By Momi April 19, 2016
Nestled in the valley of Wai’anae Kai moku, a place today com- monly referred to as Ka’ala, is 1,100 acres of land waiting to be  revitalized–to become the refuge and nutriment source of l [Read more...]

How do I get more of what I want? Be open to Receive

By Momi April 17, 2016
“WHEN WE RECEIVE, WE HAVE MORE TO GIVE.” How many times have you heard or said “it is better to give than to get?” We admire a woman who has given “the shirt off her back” and a woman who [Read more...]

Help for Diabetics

By Momi April 14, 2016 Tags: , ,
DIABETICS PUBLIC ENEMY #1: SUGAR Like gas to a car, food is fuel–a source of energy for our bodies to run and function properly. Here’s the process of converting food into energy. 1. We eat fo [Read more...]

Give us this day our daily bread

By Momi April 12, 2016 Tags:
Ahhh, don’t you just love the warm aroma of fresh baked bread? Is there anyone on earth who doesn’t love that smell? On any given morning that’s the enticing, aroma emanating from the ovens of [Read more...]

CHUCK WHEATLEY – WCCHC Board Member and Contributor

By Momi April 10, 2016 Tags: ,
WCCHC Board Member and Contributor
I’m too old to know better, but too young to resist.” That’s the first thing this feisty 78 year old said to me the minute we sat down. Thus far, Chuck has led an exciting life of servitude. Chu [Read more...]

All’s Well that Oils Well: Mother Nature’s Answers for Today’s Health Care

By Momi April 10, 2016 Tags:
Peruse FB or instagram at any point in time. You’ll ind 5 core values behind almost every post, share or like. People value managing their families well, looking good, improving health, strengthenin [Read more...]


By Momi April 9, 2016 Tags: ,
My focus has always been to enrich the lives of our community’s keiki. Our job is to challenge them to live their best lives and support them as they work to seize it.” Born and raised in Wai’an [Read more...]

How Can I get Help for my Relationship?

By Momi April 7, 2016 Tags:
best relationship tip
IF YOU WERE LOST WOULD YOU ASK FOR HELP? The best relationship tip you’ll ever get: Ask for help. When we travel, we make sure we have snacks, water, our cell phones, our google maps, and maybe [Read more...]

The best relationship tip youʻll ever get: Ask for help

By Momi April 6, 2016 Tags: , ,
If you were lost would you ask for help? The best relationship tip youʻll ever get: Ask for help. When we embrace our relationship struggles, we look for solutions, and we find them. Be excited to sh [Read more...]

2 Tips about Healthy Relationship

By Momi April 3, 2016 Tags:
Relationship Tip #1 Laugh more, Love more. Recently my husband made me watch a facebook video of a Wai’anae couple. It went viral among our networks. A wife video taped herself playing a trick on he [Read more...]

Dream Big. Set Goals. Write them down.

By Momi April 2, 2016
2016 is the year of the REDEEMED, so dream big. Set goals. Write them down. You don’t need to be a believer for that to resonate on your heart, but that message did come from God, through my Pastors [Read more...]

The Truth about Parenting–Every Parent Should Read

By Momi March 26, 2016
You might come across an article or two where you can find some good information on parenting, but you wonʻt find that here.  I wonʻt give you tips on how to parent. After 21 years, I still donʻt [Read more...]

4 Books to inspire and Influence Women

By Momi March 20, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
We can never be too inspired!  We might feel short on inspiration sometimes, so for a time like that, here’s 4 suggestions to get you out of that uninspired rut! The four books I’m about to share [Read more...]

4 Healthy Habits of Couples in Strong Intimate Relationships

By Momi March 17, 2016 Tags: , , , , , ,
First of all, let me make it known that I am not a relationship expert, but I am an expert in screwing up, making the same damn mistakes, over and over again, and blaming everybody else. With that sai [Read more...]

4 Tips for Overcoming Jealousy

By Momi March 15, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
If love tastes like the sweetest honey, then jealousy tastes like bitter, sour grapes–like sinking one’s teeth into a big ol’ lemon.  If that’s the taste we get when we taste jealousy, wh [Read more...]

Is it Quitting Time?

By Momi February 22, 2016
Not that I did any research, but I bet that starting a magazine for Waiʻanae whose purpose is to share real stories of real struggle and real strength to inspire and celebrate our people, is the toug [Read more...]

Let the Fire of the Holy Spirit Light our Way

By Momi February 15, 2016
Have you ever known a burden so heavy that the only way to unload it was to sleep it off, drink it away, take a pill, smoke a joint, or cry your heart out?  The burden of carrying such a heavy load b [Read more...]

Embrace Fear and Anxiety

By Momi February 4, 2016
How Should You Deal With What You Fear? Embrace it! As a middle school teacher, students walk into my classroom everyday. My plan is to facilitate learning. I know they don’t know what I’m about t [Read more...]

Totally Thankful For The Tiny Big Things

By Momi January 28, 2016
Totally Thankful for the Tiny Big Things like… the person who created brush-on gray-hair cover-up powder. Facetime. Instant brown gravy. Peanut butter and jelly. Flushable wipes. The magic eraser. T [Read more...]