William Sager

Owner - Producer, Malama Aina - Caring for the earth
Kaneohe, HI, United States

About William

Bio

My passion is help people understand themselves, each other and their environment. My tools are writing, photography and television.

I try to balance my life between family stuff, my conservation message, and helping people start a home business that can provide them both time and financial freedom.

I believe the traditional work model where you work 40 years before retiring is the wrong path. I don't want to rent a third of my life to an employer. I want more control.

I believe that the way to a successful future must be based on people working together for a common goal. That's true whether we are striving for financial freedom or to change the conservation paradigm.

Working together, we can change lives and we can change the world.

I'm a forester/conservationist working in Hawaii.

Bill Sager, http://slideshare.net/BillSager, bsager42@gmail.com

Languages

English

Areas of Expertise

Writing - Blogs, articles, Natural resource management, Photographer, Video & Web production, Affiliate Marketing, Relationship Marketing

An idea worth spreading

Help where you can. Where you cannot help, be very careful not to hurt. Our future is in the balance we strike between peoples needs and the capacity of the earth to provide for them. We must leave a livable planet to our children,

I'm passionate about

Helping people understand the world we live in. Our future depends on the balance we strike between peoples needs and the ability of our planet to support those needs.

Talk to me about

Environmental issues, Quality living, affiliate marketing, home business, related politics

People don't know I'm good at

I help people start home businesses through affiliate marketing. I'm good at using computers, writing, photography and videography.

My TED story

I am a forester. I know that the quality of people's lives depends on the quality of our environment. I spent my life trying to make my little corner of the world a little better than I found it. Unfortunately, global issues have far more impact on this Earth than I can have is an individual. We have to work together if were going to accomplish anything worthwhile.

In my career, I worked for federal, state and local governments. While, in general, I loved my job, I learned that these agencies were subject to the policies of what ever the administration was in power. My goals and those of my employer were often out of sync. Since retiring, I work with several environmental non-profits and am focused on affiliate marketing to supplement my retirement income. My goal is to help everyone I know achieve financial and personal freedom.

Comments & conversations

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William Sager
Posted almost 2 years ago
Build peace: be on time
You're absolutely correct about spiritual aspect of the Hawaiian language. However I believe that is also true of most indigenous languages. As a conservationist in Hawaii I cannot separate the Hawaiian culture from my conservation ethic. Before contact with Europeans, the Hawaiians had a very resilient and self-sufficient society. The population is estimated at about 1 million people. That's only slightly less than the current population of the state of Hawaii. Hawaiians were totally self-sufficient while in Hawaii today we import 95% of our food and all fuel. We have less than five days food supply on our islands and are totally dependent on our transportation system. My personal conservation philosophy is based on personal, community and global resilience. I have spent my life and my career caring for the land. Hawaiians call it Malama 'Āina. It is not enough to care for my small corner of the earth. It must start with personal resilience. Then if everyone takes care of their community, we can address the major issues facing our planet. It starts with personal resilience. Life long learning is vital to being able to respond to opportunities. Financial resilience makes it possible to bounce back from adversity. How many people do you know who can survive two months without a pay check? I help people set up aquaponics gardens. Our 4x6 foot garden supplies my family with a delicious salad every evening. I reach out to my community to help people be prepared for our next big storm. I help people create their own business that can provide them financial independence. The rugged individualist, so revered in American culture, is fine. I certainly believe in personal freedom and taking care of ones self. But, I also know the individual is limited by the time they can devote to a project. We can only reach our full potential by networking with others to accomplish our common goals.
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William Sager
Posted almost 2 years ago
Build peace: be on time
Wau translates as I. La is there. Oe' is not in the dictionary. oe means a prolonged sound as in a whistle. 'oe means to resemble. "oē means to rustle or murmur as in the wind murmuring in the trees. bottom line. Aloha Wau La Oe' does not make sense to me, but Iʻm only going by the dictionary. Aloha does not have have any punctuation. No macrons or glottal stops although you often entertainers urge tourists to pronounce it Alōha with the o drawn out and exaggerated. It drives me nuts. Your folks sound like wonderful people and a lot of that rubbed off on you. Drop me an email note at bsager42@gmail.com. As you said, it was just luck you found my comment. Iʻm afraid you will get lost in Ted again. Bill
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William Sager
Posted almost 2 years ago
Build peace: be on time
I think Māhele Hōkeo refers to the bond of love between two people. Iʻm not sure, but I donʻt think marriage became an Hawaiian concept until after the missionaries arrived. The Hawaiian language peels like an onion. At the surface it may have one meaning while deeper down the meaning may be totally different. Hawaiians seem to love a pun and take pride in saying one thing to a person who has a superficial knowledge of the language while a fluent person will understand the true intent of what is being said. Aloha kākou means may there be love between us and is the plural expression of Aloha kāua which is the singular expression of friendship or love. This is straight out of the Hawaiian dictionary so I know it is correct. Aloha kākou is the expression of friendship or love extended to a group. You are absolutely correct about understanding the culture. i think that may be more true of Hawaiian than any other language I know of. That is very true of hula. Many people understand the motion and may even be able to mouth the words, but Kumu Hula teach the cultural meaning of the words and the motions. To be a hula master you must understand the language and the culture.
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William Sager
Posted almost 2 years ago
Build peace: be on time
Hawaiian is a very complex language with many words and phrases having multiple meanings. There are often many ways to say something with slightly different meanings. For instance Aloha is often used to say hello and goodbye. How ever it is also an expression of love shared and at a deeper level it is the sharing of the breath of life, or the sharing of ones spirit. I like the expression Hōkeo which means to be in a bond of love. Māhele means to share, As in Māhele hōkeo. I notice you have a Hawaiian translation and I certainly would not argue with that. Iʻm not a Hawaiian speaker, but I have a good Hawaiian Dictionary
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William Sager
Posted almost 2 years ago
Have you realized your potential?
Hi Juliette, I reach out to others to build strong and trusting relationships. I try to get acquainted and find common interests, Once that relationship is established, I work to keep it fresh and strong. Working together for common goals is a great way to keep a relationship strong. In 2013, I will be tracking legislation that affects our Hawaiian environment and encouraging others to advocate for good bills and against bad ones. I will produce 12 environmental documentaries which will be posted to YouTube and broadcast on our public TV. And, I will help at least 24 people start their own work-from-anywhere internet business that will help them reach their potential. I will help some of those people start their aquaponics garden. What about your goals for 2013? What will you do to move closer to realizing your dreams? When you share your goals you are making a commitment to the people you share them with to follow through and do what you say. Sharing will motivate you to make your dreams come true. Bill Sager, 808-258-4019, kumuwaiwai.com
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William Sager
Posted almost 2 years ago
Have you realized your potential?
No one ever reaches their full potential because the more we learn the more potential we have. Potential is a moving goal post. @Blend Frangu is absolutely right when he says, "there is no opportunity to improve or develop your creativity in anything here unless it makes you prosperous or loaded with money". Our potential is always limited by our resources. We have to have the time and money to pursue our dreams. All to often, we are self limiting. "those burning desires and vision started to vanish" and we loose our dream. It is the tragedy of our times. Unless you are very lucky, your job will not full fill your dreams, nor will your job allow you to fulfill your potential. Making a lot of money is not fulfilling your potential. It is what you do with that money that allows you to pursue you dreams. My life mission is to help people understand what we must do to leave this earth the kind of place we want our great-grandchildren to live in. Iʻve learned to write and to use photography and video to share the story of our earth. Iʻve learned to share my message with others using the media including the internet. Iʻve learned to use the internet to create the income I need to fulfill my mission and I teach others to do what I do. To the extent that I am successful at sharing my message, I am reaching my potential. I reach out to others to form relationship that help us work together to create income and work for common goals. We have to strike a balance between caring for our family and striving for our goals. Build strong relationships with others and do something every day that brings you closer to realizing your dreams. Bill Sager, bsager42@gmail.com, kumuwaiwai.com
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William Sager
Posted almost 2 years ago
The Pledge of Allegiance should be changed
Your history is incorrect. I'm 82 and I've been pledging allegiance for as long as I can remember. "Under God" was added when I was in the 7th or 8th grade. I have never agreed with that phrase and I have never repeated it.
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William Sager
Posted almost 2 years ago
The Pledge of Allegiance should be changed
Your proposed allegiance makes sense and probably has more meaning than our current one. However, I still honor our flag as a symbol of what we want this country to be. So far as "under God", those words where added to the pledge when I was in the 7th grade. I didn't agree with them then and I don't agree with them now. I have never repeated them in my pledge of allegiance.
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William Sager
Posted almost 2 years ago
Have you realized your potential?
Reaching ones potential is another name for giving up. Potential grows as we grow. The goal post moves as we grow. If you allow others to define your potential you will never achieve your potential.
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William Sager
Posted almost 2 years ago
Have you realized your potential?
Live that passion. I call it my calling. If your career and your calling are not in sync, make a change. If your job doesn't let you live your passion, it is time for a new job, or better yet, your businesses that lets you live your passion. What are you doing? Are you living your passion. Do you set goals based on your passion? Do you do something every day that moves you closer to your goals? We should never reach our full potential. If we think we have, it is because we have stopped growing and have failed to live our passion.