The colors of watered and rooted were chosen for the elements that surrounded me for 18 years of my life: water and earth. The ‘āina and the kai (land & sea) and the lessons they taught me, in many ways shaped the woman I am today.
If you’re new here, my name is Ka'ala - named after my father. I’m a hapa mama born and raised on the island of Maui but now residing in the Midwest with my husband and daughter. Ka'ala is the name I grew up answering to. But five years ago I started going by "Jeana" (my English name) because it was easier to introduce, easier to learn, & easier to pronounce. In 2017, I decided to reclaim my Hawaiian name, forcing people to learn it, forcing ōlelo to be spoken, forcing people to acknowledge that there’s an entire people, culture, language, and history of kānaka (native Hawaiian people).
some stuff about me:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I am a daughter of the Heavens - woman, wife, mother, sister & former elementary school teacher. I’m a musician, a worship leader, a wave rider, and affirmations writer. A cultural educator and a sometimes jewelry maker. I’m a night thinker and a morning coffee drinker, a beach bum, a garden dweller, and a lover of my fella.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But in this space, I will mostly be⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
...an encourager. (and baby spammer)
In 2017 I self-published two books: a children’s book called @howiwearmycrown and a chapbook of poetry titled, “aloha, ka’ala.” Last month I published two guided journals: “rooted” and “watered.” And my heart is overjoyed with the love they’ve received so far. My current writing touches on the healing journey from grief to joy. I’m working on my first full length book of prose. No release date yet, but it’s cookin’!
Many of you already know, but if you’re new, you might find that my dad has been heavy on my heart (and writing). He had a massive stroke last year and is in the midst of a very long recovery. He’s the inspiration behind a lot of my words of encouragement (see lovenotes highlight).
Mahalo for being in this space with me, & for your kindness as I navigate life this season. I hope my words can resonate and be on time for at least one person.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀