Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou!


And just like that, the tragic disaster that was 2020 is over. It was a collectively horrible one, wasn’t it? Once again, I must repeat my repetitive spiel about the quickness of the year, how it rushed past every calendar like a river rapid, and how I wish to both relive and completely forget parts of the past 12 months that left me with conflicting emotions. In any sense, seasons greetings are in order as well as a much-deserved Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou! In the past couple of years, I tended to pile on a heavy dose of negative reflections about what happened around the world in that time period, but I’m going to stay away from that in my 2021 Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou celebratory statement (that’s what Twitter is for!). Anyone who hasn’t lived without technology or mass produced media in 2020 is familiar with the mass casualties from COVID and governmental neglect and the most notable episodes of injustice that occurred not only in America, but also around the globe. I’m sure we don’t need this little blog to rehash the same types of devastating news because that doesn’t do anybody any good. We can reflect on the suffering of others without wishing Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou to family and neighbors at the same time. For this New Years Day post, I want to honor the lives that were lost from COVID around the globe. I want to remember the artists, musicians, and people who hadn’t had their potential or dreams realized before they left this planet. I’m raising a glass to all of the incarcerated people who left jail and prison cells for the first time and their families and other loved ones who never gave up on them. I’m remaining in awe of the art I consumed this year, from the 31 books I read (Luster by Raven Leilani, Assata by Assata Shakur, and In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado were my favorites ever) to the many songs I streamed over and over again. People are constantly suffering through injustices around the world and my New Year’s wish is to never forget them and continue organizing with my abolition group—the Hawaiʻi Abolition Collective—to free people from cages in Hawaiʻi! Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou! Here’s hoping for a 2021 that treats hope like a discipline!