Sunday's show will be musically marvelous, and elevates the values of kokua and aloha to the global stage. These living concepts make Hawai'i an exceptional environment of compassion and cooperation, and the world could certainly use more of these.
When I saw the cameras broadcasting the 60-second long excitement of the Opening Bell festivities, I was suddenly inspired to send a friendly "howzit" via a spontaneous "shaka" from the New York Stock Exchange -- the financial epicenter of the world.
In honor of Huffington Post Hawaii launching, I want to share a few of my own thoughts on what makes Hawaii so special to me. The pace in Hawaii is slower because they savor each day, appreciating the beauty that surrounds them.
Listening to great music in a wonderful venue with a room full of big-hearted humans - knowing that you are making a very specific and positive change in someone's life - is the essence of kokua -- the Aloha Spirit.