Suck it Up, Buttercup | Aloha Calling - A Limited Life in O‘ahu

Aloha Calling - A Limited Life in O‘ahu is a personal blog series written by Maryland Artist and Photographer, Teresa Robertson. Gifted the opportunity to reside in O‘ahu with her family for 3 months, Teresa wanted to provide herself and others a way to not take this gift for granted and ensure that her experience was one to learn from, reflect on, and teach others. Through these words, she hopes to do just that.

My current favorite place on O‘ahu, The Kukaniloko Birthing Stones

My current favorite place on O‘ahu, The Kukaniloko Birthing Stones

3 weeks to plan a 3 month ‘move’ may seem like a short amount of time, but It’s officially sunk in that we may be spending twice as much time actually planning this that we end up being allowed to stay.

October 1st is when the government has a good chance of shutting down because of the disagreement over the border wall. And if the government shuts down, we will be required to come back home.

I’ve certainly been preparing myself for this but it comes with heartache, perspective, and humbleness. If we arrive in O‘ahu for 8 days and have to return, I need to remember that 8 days is far more than I ever would have anticipated having. Actually, now that I’m writing that out, I realize that my initial plan to ‘ease into things’ is not the way to go about this, but rather take a 8 day 'carpe diem' approach.

First week plans = No sleep it is!

I will be sad if our trip is cut short but need to remember that we have so much waiting for us back in Maryland. There is still a world of opportunity, love, and adventure to be grateful for.


But I really, really want to stay.



Ancestral spirit, family or personal gods
— ‘Aumakua