The Kindness Rocks Project in Honolulu

If you see bright, painted rocks with positive messages lying around public spaces in metro Honolulu, it may be the work of my friend. I’ll call her N since she asked to remain anonymous.

N started doing this in March, after the coronavirus pandemic started. She says she saw Kindness Rock pictures on Pinterest and thought it was a great idea to spread kindness around town. “There was so much negativity. I just wanted to do something nice,” she explains.

A lifelong crafter, N bought a 50 pound bag of river rocks and went to work. She has a full-time, essential-work job, and a family, so she only does this in her spare time, whenever that is. At this point, she’s painted about 40 rocks.

She left some around her work building, and her boss actually recognized N’s handiwork and told her she thought it was a beautiful idea, and that it cheers her up to see it on the way in to the building every day. Mostly, though, N will just drop it off anonymously if she’s en route to a store or an appointment.

If the rock stays there, great. If someone thinks it’s pretty and wants to take it, great. As long as it makes someone happy, she’s happy. She doesn’t want credit for it. She simply wants to bring a smile to someone’s face.

Her cousin offered to pay for it, but N believes money would sully the pure intent of spreading joy. So if you like them, you can either paint one for yourself, or keep your eyes peeled for a pretty, inspirational stone on the ground. Feel free to take it. The only payment required is that it makes you happy.

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Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. She freelance writes for NMG Network's magazines. In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She volunteers as a board member of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a Shinto shrine maiden at Daijingyu Temple, a citizen-scientist studying shrimp, and a yoga teacher at a senior center.

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