Behind a Rainbow

This is inspired by my son, Kai, and fellow islander In mind and out. Regardless of culture, what we see as normal may be different to others. As islanders, we share how we view the world with family and friends.

We are Pacific Islanders.

Descended from our ancestors, they watch from afar like distant stars.

Round as the sun and moon, our eyes will witness life—the good and bad times.

Our hands and feet will teach us of color. Never judge man by this, for we are similar.

Strive to be strong, flexible, and giving like a fruitful tree. A garden of one can’t accomplish everything.

When you’re lost, stop when the wind blows. Who knows? Perhaps it’s whispering where to go.

When you dream, let it bring meaning.

Don’t ever let it be forgotten. Remember, we have seen what’s at the end of the ocean’s horizon.

Every once in a while,
you’ll forget your rhythm in the world and that the island is your style.

Anger and pain will be your personal storms. At their core, the eye of the storm, use that time of silence to gather what you need to keep pushing forward.

People will mock and question you. We’re warriors by nature but refrain from what others would naturally do.

I can’t fault what’s in your heart. If you have to fight, fight to protect—not cause harm.

There will be times where you will have to challenge me. Hurtful words will be said and unspoken—we can’t rewrite history.

Just know, at the end of it all, I will always love and support you regardless whether you stand or fall.

When it’s time for me to eternally close my eyes,
remember child,
just passed the rain fall
there’s always hope behind a rainbow.

This video may not play in your area. If you have Spotify or something similar, you can listen to it if you’d like. “Another RainbowBo Napoleon ft. Kapena De Lima

Kai’s Summer trip to Guam. It was his first time there and was taught more about who he is as an islander.


  1. I am touched to be mentioned in this post, your words resonate

    “Descended from our ancestors, they watch from afar like distant stars.”

    This is such an important part of Maori culture and belief too.

    The photo of you and your son, beautiful. Happy new year to you 🥳💕

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