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Posted on February 14th, 2022 in Hawaii, Our Stories, Tour Tales, Travel Tips
Has someone’s small gesture of kindness ever made a significant impact in your day? Sometimes bad days are instantly made better with an act as simple as a stranger paying for your coffee or extending a compliment. It’s an incredible feeling to have your day turned around by a stranger; but it’s even more incredible to know you can make that difference for anyone who crosses your path. As we head into Random Acts of Kindness Week (RAK Week), we hope to inspire you to harness the power of kindness and help “make kindness the norm,” which is the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation mission.
Fittingly, RAK Week aligns with Valentine’s Day. On this day, we can give a nod to Saint Valentine, the third-century Roman saint who became associated with “courtly love,” with coupling and romance. Cupid’s arrow represents the spiritual underpinnings of February 14th as a day of celebrating and enacting sacrifice, altruism, and unconditional love. This makes Valentine’s the perfect week to celebrate RAK as we promote kindness, compassion, and care.
Ultimately, RAK recognizes the universal power kindness has on all people, both giving and receiving kindness. The simplest of acts can change our world, one interaction at a time. This week, we’re hoping to draw awareness and give our kindness muscles a workout. Plus, in these divisive times, kindness may be more important than ever. So how can we practice kindness and compassion with others and ourselves? Some ideas include:
And that’s just the beginning. Ways to show kindness, care, and compassion are infinite, and are only limited by your imagination. Discover more about RAK on their website where there is a wealth of information about the foundation plus links to other amazing organizations that support RAK. On the Official Random Acts of Kindness Website, you’ll also find plenty more ideas for how to incorporate random acts of kindness into you and your family’s lives, including a K-12 curriculum, acts of kindness ideas, and the RAKTIVIST® program that teaches young people how to lead by example, to live and breathe kindness.
For RAK week this year, we celebrate kindness and compassion at work and on the road! That’s right—one of our Hawaii Four Island Farms & Fields vacations just got a little more special. This exclusive getaway features host, Farm Director Bob Bosold of WAXX 104.5 radio, and he makes the perfect complement to this farm-focused tour.
So, what are we doing for RAK Week in Hawaii? Holiday Vacations provided $10 to each guest so that they could make a random act of kindness throughout this fabulous 10-day itinerary.
Marie Fell, the Tour Director on the trip and former educator, enthusiastically documented and participated in the event. Just a few of the many acts are documented in photos but the guests were eager to spread the joy throughout the journey. One story that stood out was that one HV guest saw a little girl in the hotel lobby with tears in her eyes. She had lost her beloved teddy bear. The guest gave her the RAK $10.00 for a new bear. The girl’s mom and tour directors both looked on with tears in their eyes. It was the perfect embodiment of how a single act can turn a bad day around. We are so proud of the kindness of our guests and staff.
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