Our Company Culture: Aloha
We'd like to introduce you to our company culture. We came across this book, Managing with Aloha by Rosa Say (who we have actually had the pleasure to meet on Instagram, and speak to, and hope to meet in person when we go back to Hawaii). Reading her book was inspirational in the way of managing a business, and we wanted to implement that in ours and share these values in our work ethic.
Aloha is a value, one of unconditional love.
Aloha is the outpouring and receiving of the spirit.
The value of work: To work with intent and with purpose.
To “seek best life.” Our purpose in life is to seek its highest form.
The value of mission and vision.
The value of perseverance. To persist, to continue, to perpetuate. Never give up.
KŪLIA I KA NU‘U--
The value of achievement. “Strive to reach the summit.”
Pursue personal excellence in all you do.
The value of hospitality, a hospitality of complete giving.
Welcome guests and strangers with your spirit of Aloha.
Those who are family, and those you choose to call your family.
As a value, ‘Ohana is a human circle of complete Aloha.
The value of teamwork: Collaboration and cooperation. Harmony and unity.
People who work together can achieve more.
The value of communication, for “All of us.” We are in this together.
Learn to speak the language of we.
One’s personal sense of responsibility.
“I accept my responsibilities, and I will be held accountable.”
The value of learning. To know well. To seek knowledge and wisdom.
The value of humility. Be humble, be modest, and open your thoughts.
To honor the dignity of others.
Conduct yourself with distinction, and cultivate respectfulness.
The value of leadership. Lead with initiative, and with your good example.
You shall be the guide for others when you have gained their trust and respect.
The value of stewardship. To take care of.
To serve and to honor, to protect and care for.
“Thank you”, as a way of living.
Live in thankfulness for the richness that makes life so precious.
NĀNĀ I KE KUMU--
Look to your Sense of Place and sources of spirit, and you find your truth.
The value of integrity, of rightness and balance.
The feeling of contentment when all is good and all is right.
KA LĀ HIKI OLA--
“The dawning of a new day.” Optimism.
The value of hope and promise.
E Komo Mai: Welcome to Ka'Ana Co.
Aloha! As some of you may have figured out, our company is influenced by Polynesian and tropical designs. Our company culture is based on that of "Aloha". You may think "Aloha" is just used as a greeting, but Aloha is love, oneness, a way of life, a philosophy.
Ka'ana, which means to share in Hawaiian is at the foundation of everything we do. We've always grown up in a culture of gatherings, being of Filipino (Jenn) and Thai (Cecilia) decent. Although we may not be Hawaiian, we've travelled to Hawaii many times (even since childhood - Jenn), and have adapted the culture growing up. We've found similarities in both of our cultures with the Hawaiian culture, and one of the most important things we value is "Ohana".... family. Not only our own families, but the people we work with - our clients, our vendors, our stakeholders... they are all of our "Ohana" too, and we treat them as if they were our real family.
Putting together events, means that we get the joy to bring people together. Whether those events or intimate, or on a larger scale, we want people to "talk story" - which in Hawaiian, means to converse, talk about things, share stories, share experiences, etc. We want people to walk away remembering the details, the feeling and ambiance, and feeling content knowing it was worth their time.
For us, Hawaii has a place in our hearts like no other, and we wanted to bring the mindset of Aloha into our culture and community. We believe Aloha can bring people together in a harmonious, peaceful and loving way.
Mahalo for reading, and we're looking forward to sharing Aloha with all of you.