KingMartin.us is all about creating Good Vibes through talking-story–or “communicating without conflict.” If you have something rude to say, ask yourself… “Is this necessary?”.
The conversation between us is what’s important.
You will find that I, sometimes, will write or speak in Hawaiian Pidgin-English. It’s who I am, and my first language.
It has also been recognized as an actual language. So, I will do my best to translate for those who don’t speak Pidgin so you can join the party, respectfully.
My Intention is to utilize my platform to keep my Local Culture alive. I won’t cover everything, I will just be me.
To lighten up the atmosphere of my website, I’d like to share a few videos that illustrate my playful language. Please enjoy the following. Or if you like, you can skip by scrolling down to reach my website Policy.
Without simple ground rules the conversation can turn into a shouting match that discourages others from entering into the fray.
In Hawaii, it’s customary to remove your shoes before entering someone’s house. It came with the Asian cultures who immigrated here during Hawaii’s Sugarcane Era (I won’t go into detail right now).
It displays that you are considerate and know better to not carry your dirty shoes, feet, negativity, and bad vibez into the house. It’s a gesture of respect.
Don’t drag your dirty-ass shoes all over the living-room carpet.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a hippie, and your feet are chalk-dusty with red dirt from heel to ankle. Even if the reason why you’re so dirty is because you were in Joshua Tree last week for Shakti Fest and vowed not to rinse the mud caked-in between your toes as protest against mass-produced toilette paper. Go wash it off. You’re in my house.
I don’t side with no one.
Even if you’re a businessman who flew in from Wall Street, and just bought the fancy shoes five-minutes ago from Gucci… Take it off and leave it outside.
Mahalo for your kokua.
“Kokua” is pronounced “koh-koo-ah“ (just in case you near butcher it).
In this particular context, it means,
“Thank you for being considerate,” or
“Thank you for your Spirit of cooperation.”
That’s how we roll here in Hawaii.
So, here is my Comments Policy.
By posting on my blog, you agree to the following:
- You may comment without registering. You can log-in via Discuss, Open ID, Twitter, Facebook, or not at all.
- You may post anonymously. I don’t recommend this. But you can do so if you wish. I may change this rule if it’s abused.
- You may post follow-up questions. If you have a question, chances are you are not alone. Others are likely thinking similarly. Therefore, I would rather receive your comments on my blog then via email. It is better use of my time to address everyone at once rather than answer several similar emails.
- You may disagree with me. I welcome debate. However, I ask that if you disagree with me, or anyone else for that matter, do so in a way that is respectful. In my opinion, there is way too much shouting in the public square to tolerate it here.
- I reserve the right to delete your comments. This is my blog. I don’t have an obligation to publish your comments. The First Amendment gives you the right to express your opinions on your blog, not mine. Specifically, I will delete your comments if you post something that is, in my sole opinion,
B. Off Topic
C. Libelous, Defamatory, Abusive, Harassing, Threatening, Profane, Pornographic, Offensive, False, Misleading, or which otherwise violates or encourages others to violate my sense of decorum and civility or any law including intellectual property laws or,
D. Spam—that is an attempt to advertise, solicit, or otherwise promote goods and services. You may, however, post a link to your site or your most recent blog post.
- You retain ownership of your comments. I do not own them, and I expressly disclaim any and all liability that may result from them. By commenting on my site, you agree that you retain all ownership rights and whatever you post here, and that you will relieve me from any and all liability that may result from those postings.
- You grant me a license to post your comments. This license is worldwide, irrevocable, nonexclusive and royalty free. You grant me the rights to store, use, transmit, display, publish, reproduce, and distribute your comments in any format including but limited to a blog, in a book, a video, or presentation. In short, my goal is to host interesting conversations with caring, honest, and respectful people. I believe this simple comments policy will facilitate this.