Mahalo Monday: PBS Hawaii shares wisdom during times of adversity in aloha&grit

Campaign features pearls of wisdom from mana wāhine

Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente Hawaii

As Hawaii trudges through the COVID-19 pandemic, PBS Hawaii is using its vast video archive to share pearls of wisdom about living with and getting past adversity. On this Mahalo Monday, HI Now is wants to share a special thanks to these voices for providing the public with encouragement during these challenging times.

Supported by Kamehameha Schools, the campaign features brief but potent manaʻo (belief, idea, thought, knowledge) in a year-long multimedia community resilience program.

aloha&grit kicks off with the voices of four mana wāhine who share pearls of wisdom. The mana wāhine include the late Hawaiian cultural icon Nona Beamer; poet and community mediator Puanani Burgess; Chancellor of the University of Hawaii at West Oʻahu, Maenette Ah Nee-Benham; and musical artist Kuʻuipo Kumukahi.

“As Islanders, we know that there’s nothing weak about aloha. It is a life force of strength, humility, love and the alignment of mind and heart. As for grit, it is more than bouncing back after a blow or loss,” said Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO, PBS Hawaii.

Psychologist and author Angela Duckworth describes it this way: “Grit is passion and perseverance for very longterm goals. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality.”

“We are proud to support aloha&grit,” said Lauren Nahme, Kamehameha Schools Vice President of Strategy and Transformation. “We felt it would be important to hear the voices of those whose life experiences remind us of what we are made of, what will take us through this historic time.”

Following the voices of these mana wāhine will be knowledge shared by many other intriguing speakers about finding one’s way through sustained hardships.

aloha&grit can be found on television, online at and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @pbshawaii