Daring To Dance: A Menopause Goddess Lives Her Dream

In Hawai`i, we have a saying. "A`a i ka hula." It means Dare to Dance. And it isn’t simply an admonishment for shy hula dancers. It’s a call to action, a call to boldly LIVE your life. As a followup to the blog entry of February 19th on doing what you love so that the riches will follow, I’m going to spotlight one bold and amazing goddess who IS daring to dance.

Teri did not give up her day job to follow her dream of a bookstore/gift shop where people could meet for coffee, spontaneous hula, cultural classes, and all manner of gathering and sharing. Her day job gave her up over a year ago and she revisited her dream. Was it possible? Could she do it? In this economy?

Yet, if not now, when? Like the woman who planted daffodils one bulb at a time, Teri took one baby step at a time. Developing a business plan, applying for loans, finding a space, painting, hammering, and filling shelves. With the help of a small community of women, Kalele Bookstore and Divine Expressions opened in Kaunakakai, Moloka`i the day after Teri’s fiftieth birthday.

Teri is a living embodiment of the aloha spirit. Born and raised in Hawai`i, her welcoming, nurturing presence was previously exhibited in service of some luxury hotel. Now she’ll be putting those gifts to work in support of her own dream. Exhilarating, scary, joyful, and okay, I’ll say it, daring. Will Kalele Bookstore and Divine Expressions be successful? It already is! Not only because we women are flocking to her story for coffee, a respite, or a conversation. It’s a success because Teri is doing what we all need to do at this time of our lives: daring to dance.

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5 Responses to Daring To Dance: A Menopause Goddess Lives Her Dream

  1. Theresa September 23, 2009 at 7:44 am #

    Well now, a REAL HEN HOUSE! I love it. I have always dreamt of a place where women could gather and talk story. A rebirth of the sewing circle. Congratualtions Terri.

  2. Betty Zahler September 23, 2009 at 7:44 am #

    Aloha, all you menopausal Venuses. To dream our dreams is to live life to it`s fullest. Kudos to Teri and those who are daring and will by all means succeed in their endeavors. When we stop dreaming, we no longer are really living.

  3. Karen Leland September 23, 2009 at 7:44 am #


    What a lovely and inspiring story. I love that she did this in her 50th year, showing that a mid-life major change is possible.

  4. Lynette Sheppard September 23, 2009 at 7:44 am #

    Teri is inspiring. I just stopped in her store yesterday, where a bunch of women came and went, pouring coffee for themselves, talking story, and wouldn’t you know – buying something. Midlife – we are just getting started!

  5. Rae September 23, 2009 at 7:44 am #

    to dare to dance, at this age, at this economical times. Teri you inspire us all, shitfire Eunice!!!!

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