Since starting this journey I have gotten a lot of questions regarding the name of my blog. People would ask: "What does it mean?" Well let me explain what Polowaiian means and why I decided to name my  blog this.  Polowaiian is a cross between the words Popolo and Hawaiian.  Popolo is a term used in Hawaii to refer to someone of African or African American decent. Popolo is derived from the Hawaiian word for a medicinal plant bearing shiny black berries. Since I am Hawaiian and my husband is Popolo we call our family “The Polowaiians.”

Our family motto is: “Live Polowaiian.”
What does that mean? It means that we strive to live each day with an open mind. When you have an open mind you can always learn and appreciate knowledge. Not having an open mind leads to assumptions that could negatively affect your thoughts and actions. We also try to live with an open heart. We want to teach our children that when you open your heart and care for others your life is that much brighter. Even the smallest act of kindness can change a whole life. As a family we also want to have a strong foundation. Only with a strong foundation can you build great things. We start with our family of four. We support each other, love each other and learn from each other. Then we also include our extended family and cultural backgrounds. Both my husband and I come from large extended families. We are sure that our children learn who their family are and where we all came from. My children learn both my Hawaiian culture and my husbands’ African-American culture. We believe that knowledge is power and that starts with the knowledge of our cultural background and ancestors.

My husband and I believe that our multicultural family makes it easier to “Live Polowaiian.” Why you ask? Because our family foundation was built on our open hearts. My husband and I both come from very different places. But we both had open minds and open hearts which led us to each other. We were able to learn from each other and share our cultures and knowledge. We hope to promote all these things in every breath we take.


-Live Polowaiian:  Live with an open mind, open heart and build on the foundations of family and culture.
The holiday season is upon us. This is a time to reflect on everything we are thankful for. Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in our busy lives and forget how lucky we are.  I want to be sure that my children never forget how fortunate they are. I also want to teach them to care for and help others in need.  This is sometimes a difficult lesson to teach a 5 year old, especially during Christmas time. My daughter, Skye, is already compiling her Christmas wish list. That is why I really want to show Skye how to do something that will positively impact someone’s life.

I thought that helping families and children around the same age as Skye would help make the lesson a little more relevant for her. So I researched about Compass Family Services in San Francisco.  This is an organization that provides housing services and other comprehensive support to families in need. They serve approximately 2300 families per year. I thought, what a great opportunity to help!

Please help Skye raise funds to buy necessary items to help San Francisco families in need. Our goal is to raise $250. With these funds we will buy various items that will help Compass Family Services provide necessities for children and families.

Here’s how you can help:

Donate on our Razoo campaign by clicking here: https://www.razoo.com/us/story/Bxy36f

Send a contribution through paypal at: paypal.me/NShurill

If you want to donate items please email us at: thepolowaiians@gmail.com to schedule a pickup or delivery.

Here’s a list of items that Compass Family Services Needs:

·         Diapers of all sizes, including pull ups

·         Travel sized toiletries

·         New socks and underwear for children and adults

·         School and arts & craft supplies - pencils, markers, stickers, pens, glitter, paper, feathers, etc.

·         Canned and other non-perishable food items

·         Feminine hygiene products 

There’s so much that I have to say about this election but I’ve been on 2016 Election OVERLOAD for a long time so I will spare you all as well.

My election post is about how my daughter started to get interested in the election. Skye is a very bright 5 year old that has the memory of an elephant.  She forgets NOTHING! She’s also great at listening even when people don’t think that she is paying attention. Skye is truly like a sponge, just absorbing information like crazy. With that being said, she picked up on a lot of the names related to the 2016 election simply from having the news on in the background or seeing some of the debates. Of course Skye knew the two main contenders for the Presidential election.  As it got closer to Election Day Skye thought it would be fun to take “polls” at home of who we were all voting for.  It was cute to see her walk around with her little Doc Mcstuffins clipboard and tally the votes.  I was so proud to see that she had an interest in something as important as voting!

She and her class also had some discussions about the election. Skye brought home a cute pamphlet that they discussed in class that helped explain how voting works. They are Kindergartners so the example was very simple to show a “popular” vote on snacks. It showed 2 different simple snacks that a class had voted on.  They discussed which snack got the most votes to win.

Ever since my husband and I have been a couple we have gone to the polls together to vote.  We strongly believe in exercising our right to vote. This year we got the opportunity to take Skye with us. It was such an awesome experience, she was able to see how the process works. I felt great pride in setting a good example for her.

After voting I had some time with Skye before she had to be at school. As I was doing Skye’s hair she saw a picture of Martin Luther King Jr. She asked me: “Mommy, who is that?”

I said to her, “Skye this is a perfect day to ask that.” I went on to explain the very important role that he played in fighting for equal rights for all, including VOTING RIGHTS! It was one of those moments that was such perfect timing. One would have thought that I had planned it.

Later that night we had the election reporting on the TV.  Skye was very interested in all the numbers. She would ask questions like: “What state is that?” or “Who won that race?” She was also very confident that her favorite candidate was going to win. Several times she said, “I know my person is going to win!”

My hope is the Skye continues to show great interest in voting and the entire process. The younger generations are already showing changes in mentality and systemic desires. I want to be sure that Skye is educated, informed and in tune with those types of changes. I also hope that she may also contribute greatly to the discussions.

I leave you all with this quote:

“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.23 As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” 
–Mahatma Gandhi

Halloween is my favorite time of the year. Why? Because it’s my BIRTHDAY!!! Haha J Since I was a kid I loved everything about it.  I loved scary movies, haunted houses, decorations, dressing up….EVERYTHING!

Now that I have 2 young children my focus is their fun and making sure that they enjoy their day. I would say that the hardest part as a parent is wanting to dress up your kids as one thing, but they want to be something else. I remember last year my daughter and I talked for months about making a Princess Peach (from Super Mario) costume. What did she dress up as?? Rapunzel from tangled.  I can’t even tell you how many posts I pinned on Pinterest regarding Super Mario costumes.  Did I get to use any of those?? NO.

So I know you all want to know how Halloween 2016 went. Well my husband and I were so excited this year we had costumes for the kids before October 1st. We even got them on sale! Skye’s new favorite Disney Channel show is Elena of Avalor, so naturally this is who she wanted to be for Halloween. Boy did she score on a great costume! Because we were looking so early in the season we got to see 5 different options before we found the ultimate Princess Elena dress!!! The costume we found had a skirt that had lights and music that played. Let’s just say that my husband and I were the coolest parents ever! J

My son also had a super costume.  He was  BATMAN! The best part of his little toddler costume is that it came with little muscle padding sewn into it. How corny, but oh so cute!!! It even had a mask complete with bat ears.  He did not keep that on for very long L

PictureHalloween 2016 @ Serramonte Mall
Now on to the day of Halloween…

Skye was extremely excited because they were allowed to wear their costumes to school. She had woken up very very early and ready to put her costume on.  They had a Halloween parade at school which she had lots of fun at.  She also came home with lots of goodies!!!

The night of Halloween was not so fun. California is in desperate need of rain, but Mother Nature decided that she wanted to rain on Halloween night. Major let down. L The forecast of the impeding rain drove all the trick or treaters to the indoor safety of the mall.  Our family went down the street to Serramonte Mall in Daly City.  To say the place was packed would be an ultimate understatement! It looked worse than Black Friday and I am not kidding.

Onto my rant…

If you are going to advertise that your mall is going to have trick or treating from 5-7 PM please make sure that your participating stores do not run out of candy in the first 40 minutes of the time frame! Most of the stores had this annoying sign up stating that they have already run out of candy. Really! It was so disappointing. And one of the stores that “ran out of candy” was TARGET!!! Are you kidding me??? Really Target? I guarantee that you had candy in your store still!!! Trick or treating should not be standing in an extremely long line to get 1 small piece of candy.  It should not be walking through the mall and passing most stores saying sorry no candy.  I think there were less than 10 stores who still had candy or treats to pass out by 6 PM. What a disappointment.

My daughter did not understand why trick or treating was so short this year. Last year we went to an awesome neighborhood that every house decorated and participated.  It was so much fun. However she took it great. She was more excited to get out, show off her dress and see all the other kids.  She was also excited to celebrate my birthday so I think that helped as a distraction.  My 2 year old just had fun running around as BATMAN!

Overall I think I was more disappointed than my children, but I cherish the memories we were able to make on that night.  I also thank God that he blessed me with another year of life and a beautiful Polowaiian family! J

Out of candy sign


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    Aloha! 'O Noelani ko'u inoa (Noelani is my name).

    I am a wife and mother of a multicultural family. I started this journey to share our family's story. My posts are about our family experiences and the lessons we learn. We strive to teach our children to do what is right. Hopefully you will follow us on this journey and share your stories too!

    Live with an open mind, open heart and build on the foundations of family and culture.


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