The first time I heard the word pono was when my husband and I were talking with a local on the small Hawaiian island of Moloka’i. It wasn’t until a return trip to the Garden Isle that my husband and I had a conversation with another local, a gifted musician, Eddie Tanaka, that I truly gained an understanding of the word. Eddie welcomed us to sit on the picnic table with him on the beach in front of his house. While there we “talked story” and he shared with us his understanding of pono. It was late afternoon when that discussion started and we did not leave until it was pitch dark a couple of hours later. I am so grateful to Eddie for sharing his music, grace and ideas with us.