Saturday, November 7, 2015

Mahalo is a Good Word



I'm back with more watercolor and this adorable lil' guy that my sister bought me cuz she loves me..


a lot ;).


(stamps: Sister Stamps Makai, Waltzingmouse Stamps My Island  other: Royal Langnickel Watercolor, My Mind's Eye Picket Fences Cardbase, Tim Holtz Distress Tool)




 This is thank you, Hawaiian style~





This is a public service announcement:

If you ever visit Hawaii, please know that if someone says to you "Mahalo"...it means thanks, k?



It's printed on trashcans too...



it doesn't mean you're being called trash.


I met a newbie stationed in Hawaii who tearfully admitted how hurt she was to be called "Mahalo" after every purchase she made.


She had to connect the dots for me because I was ????


"I see the word 'Mahalo' on trashcans and it infuriates me that locals say that to me.


I KNOW what they are calling me...I'm NOT TRASH!"



yikes.


I can see how that would have been misinterpreted.


This was years ago before google and all things internet...
 
 
with information at our fingertips.


Bless her heart.
 
 
I stifled my laugh (HAD TO,  she was soooo hurt), and I explained...
 
 
"Nooooo, they are THANKING you for throwing your trash away!"
 
 
She paused for a moment...and received it.
 
 
I make it a point to tell everyone that goes to Hawaii this translation...


~you never know.


;)

 

 
 
 
 



 






 

4 comments:

  1. Hi Marlena,
    Thanks so much for your sweet comment to my blog! You made my day.
    I've loved visiting your blog today. Your cards are fresh and fun and I just love your writing style. Be sure that I will be back, because this is a happy place to be!

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  2. Such a fun card! And thanks for the lesson about mahalo. If I ever get to Hawaii I'll be glad to hear that from everyone!

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  3. Totally fun card! Thanks so much for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

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  4. Oh my...good thing you informed this poor gal and lifted her obviously hurt feelings (and yes, I can understand the need to stifle a laugh). I think it's rather sweet that the trash cans bear a "thanks' on them, too! Your snorkling boy: a-dor-a-ble! You realize that now I want to go to Hawaii...*grin*
    Hugs~c

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Thank you for your kind words and taking the time to stop in! ;)