My mom is one of the most important people in my life/greatest people of all time, so I’m thankful for any day where I can celebrate just her. I love Lā Makuahine because everyone broadcasts their universal love and appreciation for the women who birthed and/or raised them. I’m so lucky to have such an incredibly close relationship with my own mom as we’ve only become closer over the years. I truly consider her to be one of my best friends with whom I can share anything and everything. My mom has always been my safe refuge, but especially since I started college, she’s been my greatest advocate, cheerleader, mentor, and friend, which makes Lā Makuahine even more special. Today of all days, Hauʻoli Lā Makuahine to you, mom, the light of my life! Thank you for supporting my every protest, writing, dream, and opinion no matter how extreme they may be. I’m grateful that you’re always there for me no matter what and you constantly inspire, motivate, and push me to accomplish my goals (especially when they seem so far away). Thank you for letting me vent my frustrations in every FaceTime and for talking with me at least six or seven times a day! You’ve given me your compassion and willingness to always fight people who threaten the people you love (I love retelling your Disney scrap story to everyone I meet) even though we’re barely over five feet. One of my favorite memories with you was when we participated in the Keeping Families Together march last summer and it was never a question of whether you’d come with me. You came because it was important to me and that was all that mattered. I know everyone says that their mom is the most phenomenal in the world, but you truly are the best of the best. I’m the luckiest girl on the planet that the gods made you my mom. Hauʻoli Lā Makuahine!
Today I’m also thinking about all of the incarcerated mamas and moms who were separated from their babies in war and at the border. May we love, uplift, and support them all.