Natural Time 2.0

are you ready for time 2.0? say aloha to Mauna Kea Time - a whole wide world of now everywhere!

    Say aloha to a whole world wide of now.


As we move further into the third millennium, perhaps now would be a great time to turn away from machine and atomic time, and return to the actual rhythms of the real world.  Not the model.  Not the fabricated.  Not the fictitious nor mean.  But the real.  So, what is real?

Hours, minutes, seconds and weeks – they are all made up. There is nothing intrinsically 7, 24, or 60 about time.  Time simply flows.  Time zones, daylight savings too – all social constructs, designed by people for their particular self-interests, mostly as a means of social control, and in the world we live in today; technological, industrial, and increasingly sophisticated, yet still machines.  All the data in the world will never teach you how to kiss, or love, or gaze in wonder at the heavens above.  This is vastly more profound.

The sun, the moon, and  stars these however, are real.  They gyre and swoon, eccentric and elliptical, and ever in flux, often at teim-scales that exceed our capacity to easily recognise.  The universe is not a clockwork; it is made of energy.  It is not fixed; it vibrates.  We are not separate from it, we are of it.  In the natural world, time is elastic; it is liquid.  it pulses and flows.   It is fluid, not mechanical.  Continuous, not zoned. Flexible; neither standardised nor mean.  And yet legacy time systems rebel against these realities at every turn.  Why?

The Industrial world view, and the time model it perpetuates is separated from reality.  Separation seems to be a central principle; It literally exists apart. Rather than observe and conform to what actually is, the industrial time model asserts conceptual supremacy over the natural world it perports to desribe.  Reality is too variable, too inconsistent — too alive — to be controlled, and so the actual univere is jettisoned for a more complient and regulatable model.

And yet it remains as true today as it was in 1841 when Ralph Waldo Emerson observed “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”

Some people say, time does not exist.  It is an illusion, created by the mind, founded on separation.  Which is exactly the what industrial time system is.  Alienated. And, alienating.

But  Mauna Kea stands calm and connected.  It is a place from which the the earth almost touches heaven.  Where even the industrial astronomical community will admit as having some of the most ‘stellar’ seeing from anywhere on the surface of this world.  So much sky!.  So still, and dark, dry and dust free the little atmosphere that slides above the summit.  Overhead at night  the stars shine and wheel across the sky, but hardly sparkle — the laminar flow of air over the summit so smooth flows.  The moon and the sun swoon and dance the tides.  And beneath them all, the mauna slowly revolves, breathing in and out once a day, the end and the beginning of each revolution.  Not the suberb of some 19th century  european empire, but the tallest pinnacle on the planet surrounded by the broadest ocean in the solar system.

Welcome to the Mauna.

Welcome to Time 2.0


Time to Upgrade!

smart time for your smart watch is a no-brainer!
Mauna Kea Time — world-wise time for your smart watch.  Time to upgrade; Now everywhere — I keia manawa, ma na wahi apau


Begining Now, is sending out the kahea, and asking You to answer the call.

We are Now building a team of talented co-creators inspired like You by the potential of Mauna Kea Time to foster global connection & collaboration.  From every corner of the world, we will come together and create a series of stunning global manawa dekimala MKT.apps to liberate time by bringing Mauna Kea Time to the desk-top, website, and mobile device of billions.

Would You like to get invovled?

If You are inspired to think like a mountain, love to share teach & learn, and want to unwind the world — please email your contact info, background, skillsets, insights & passion before the end of the year to:

jjkauai AT gmail DOT com

In 100 words of less, please describe how you feel Mauna Kea Time can change Your world, and how much time you can contribute next year from Jan-Jun 2017.

Our primary goals are to soft-launch a first for the Equinox Mar 20,  and full-launch a second for Jun 21, the 2017 Northern Solstice.

Looking forward to hearing from You, because I would love to be on your team!

The Flipside of the World

Where is your flipside -- halfway around the world?
Where is your flipside — halfway around the world?



Intriguing Update: unbeknownst to me before first making this post, there is  a small Greek Island called “Kea”  — directly astride the Mauna Kea Line, exactly halfway around the world from Mauna Kea.  What are the odds of that?  Evidently, 100%!

Because the world is round, the other side of the world from where You live, is your flipside.  When you have day, there it is night.  When your sun sets, there it is rising.  Your pm is their am, and vice versa.

When the midday sun beats down upon your brow – where does the midnight full moon cast her cool silver shadows ?  Are you curious where?  Who lives there?  What they are doing — right now?

Well for starters, to you they are probably upside down!  The ancient Greeks had a name for this place they imagined into being, calling it Antipodes (Greek for ʻopposite feetʻ aka the ones who walk upside-down; their feet nearer to you, but impossibly  ʻbelowʻ their heads!).  Oh what a curious thing gravity, and magical shape our round world… and how did they know!

Where in the world is your flipside?

Intriguingly, as far around the world as you can sail from  Mauna Kea in the center of the Pacific, swell the wine dark seas of Homer and Ulyses, and Na Lehulehu Mokupuni o Helene — the many-many Aegean islands of the Greeks

Is it not absolutely delightful that opposite one of the premier  navigating civilizations of the Western world, turns out to be “Polynesia” (Greek for ʻmany islandsʻ), the premier navigating culture of the Watery  side of the world!

What are the odds Hawai`i Nei would turn out to be the Antipodes of Lehulehu Mokupuni?

Evidently, as it turns out:  100%.  This world is so delicious!

Oh, ocean planet!  Is there room & time enough for love across your Polytopia?

Infinite Now.  Everywhere!

Manawa Malama Honua


Time to Care for and Protect Earth
Time to Care for and Protect Earth

Last year,  I overheard one of the Mauna Kea Protectors retelling the tale of her conversation with one of the then heads of the Division of Land and Natural Resources, one of the the primary state agencies charged with the responsibility – and failing – to protect the summit of Mauna Kea from industrial development.

She calmly explained — not only was the entire summit area designated a special Conservation Zone by state environmental law to protect the rare and fragile ecosystem — tropical tundra! — from habitat destruction,  it was also a Sacred Summit, a place so holy and profound that to alter or disturb it in any way — yes, including an eighteen story sky-scraper too tall to build in downtown Hilo with dumpsters and parking lot on a five acre facility — is an unthinkable  and despicable act of cultural desecration.

In an obvious state of agitation and frustration, he responded “You say this place is sacred, so you canʻt build here.  And that place is sacred, so you canʻt build there.  The problem with you people — every place is sacred!”

Slowly, a delicious smile lit up her face, as his light-bulb flickered into understanding:  “Yes!  Now you getting it!”

Finally, we are all beginning to get it.

Manawa Malama Honua, means time to care for, nourish and protect this planet, our home world.  Mauna Kea Time reminds us that every place is indeed sacred, that we should summon our inner mountain, and rouse ourselves into action and alliance to protect that which upon all life depends.  Now.  Everywhere.

Since Honua has protected and nourished life for billions of years, fostered and shaped us into being, it seems only fair to return the favor.  Perhaps, even a profoundly wise course of action.  For without her, we literally are lost in space.


The Mauna Kea Line

Introducing the Mauna Kea Line:


Perhaps you are familiar with the International Date Line.  The IDL is an imaginary line (conjured into being in the late 19th century by ambitious industrialists of the day), that meanders drunkenly across the Pacific, basically as far away as humanly possible as they could get it from themselves.  Out here — in the middle of their nowhere — their equally imaginary ʻzonesʻ of time meet up with their illogical conclusions, and ʻtodayʻ is divided from ʻtomorrowʻ… and all temporal hell breaks loose.

Hypothetically,  along the IDL you could sail back and forth in time between yesterday and today just by criss-crossing this line… a notion so delightfully preposterous Umberto Ecco wrote a book about it, The Island of the Day Before.  As a modern twist on the old saying might go, “Imaginary this, imaginary that — pretty soon youʻre talking pure BS about nothing.”  Umberto would simply say “Reductio Absurdum”.

The Mauna Kea Line is somewhat less imaginary, in that it references an actual thing — Mauna Kea, the tallest peak on the planet — rather than a nebulous 19th century international agreement.  As you may guess, the Mauna Kea Line is the meridian of longitude of Mauna Kea.

Alternatively, this meridan could equally be described as 155.5 east of London, or 204.5 west of London (if you remain perversely inclined to define the location of everything in the world in relation to London…).  However, the Mauna Kea Line as the foundation of a new geography of time, is the new zero, and “now everywhere” is defined as:

“a percentage of planetary revolution in respect to the Sun from the Mauna Kea Line.”


Manawa HoʻoMalu

benow-unifyIn ōlelo Hawai`i the Hawaiian language, the term for peace is malu or maluhia.

To cause a quality or state to come into into being is accomplished by adding the ʻprefixʻ ho`o- to the root concept.

According to the Pukui/Elbert Hawaiian Dictionary, the meaning of ho`o-malu is “to bring under the care and protection of, to protect; to keep quiet, still, as during kapu kahiko (ancient sacred time), or today, for peaceful mediation during ho`o-pono-pono.

Which is exactly what groups like are all about.  Itʻs about time!

Pukui/Ebert defines ho`oponopono as: “to put to rights; to put in order or shape, correct, revise, adjust, amend, regulate,arrange, rectify, tidy up,make orderly or neat, administer, superintend, supervise, manage, edit, work carefully and neatly; to make ready, as a canoe crew preparing to catch a wave.”

Today, hoʻoponopono survives as a unique Hawaiian cultural process, a highly effective and specific technique and time-tested set of protocols to bring aggrieved  parties together, resolve differences and restore harmony following conflict or disagreement.


Mauna Kea Time has also been designed to bring people together, foster connection and facilitate the broader mission of groups like

Mauna Kea Time is a simple time toolset that transcends the purposeful limitations of ʻourʻ inherited global industrial time systems.  “Zone” systems designed as a toolset coordinate and control, to separate us from each other, and the natural cycles of the world all life depends on for our collective survival.

Mauna Kea Time was created as an antidote to unwind us all from “clock-wize” time; to allow us to return to the reality of the present, and collaborate on a planetary-scale — to malama honua (Hawaiian “care for/nurture the world”) tikun olam (Hebrew ,  “heal the world”), reconnect to ourselves and back to the world after 500 years of disconnection.

Welcome to the flipside of time.  Now.  Everywhere.  The ʻpresentʻ  thatʻs why we cal it a gift.  What will YOU do with Mauna Kea Time?  Think like a mountain.  Earth-wize wisdom from the watery half of our world – the Pacific – world ocean of peace.

Aloha & Welcome to Now


now everywhere ™


ʻAloha & Welcome  to Mauna Kea Time!

To some, Mauna Kea Time might seem a new way of looking at time, but in reality, MKT is a return to the way people have understood the cycles and rhythms of our natural world  for tens of thousands of years — realtime.

No hours, minutes, seconds.  No seven day weeks.  No daylight savings.  No leap years.  No 28 or 31 day months  .No international date line.  No simultaneous multiple global dates.  No mechanically standardized time.  No equation of time. No ʻfictitiousʻ sun.  No myriad separate time zones.  Just one single connected now everywhere.  simple.

How can this be?  In a way, MKT is a kind of archiac revival.  A return to a time-tested and true way of keeping track of the physical phenomena that is the basis for all life on our planet — the spinning of the earth, the orbit of the moon, and our tandem annual spiral about the sun.  Our dance in space.

But MKT is also a synthesis of the efforts of thousands of years of many cultures around the world into a simple system that allows you to collaborate in realtime with anyone around the world, and easily coordinate your actions — no matter where on earth either of you might be.  It is a single timezone and date system for the entire world that collapses the chaos and complexity of our legacy industrial time into a single simple date:time; now everywhere.  And, itʻs so simple, you may soon wonder why no one thought of this before.  The answer is; they have — we did — and you can too!

If you have ever wanted to march to a different rhythm, if ever you have felt the 9 to5 40-hour-work-week was not quite right for you, if you ever wished you had more free time, if ever you desired more time to focus on what was truly import to you and the ones you love, if it ever seemed absurd to spring forward, fall back or that it was Sunday in Tokyo while Saturday in DC, then prepare yourself for a whole new world of time.

Are you ready for now, because itʻs been here for you all along.  Welcome to Mauna Kea Time, and guess what; youʻre soaking in it!

Time just got an upgrade.  Welcome to your evolution.

Welcome to Mauna Kea Time.

Now.  Everywhere ™

Affirming the Global Now


If the future is but a dream, and the past but a memory, perhaps all we ever have; is now.  One, great big long stupendous present, for all to share, and everywhere.

We all live on the same planet.  Seven billion of us (and counting!) as well as myriad other multitudes of highly evoluted species.   What an amazing time to be alive!  Now.  A tremendous gift.  An amazing planet.  Our watery blue world – and cool sister moon – slowly revolving in tandem spiral about the sun.  Spinning-ever-spinning beneath the unwinking sun in  the vast solar now; a 4.55 billion year day.

Comically, perhaps even surreally, clever-monkey-clocks – now in their third millennium! – cluck and gibber the world over.  All set to different times, all clumped in bands, all displaying different numbers, all purporting to describe the present.  WOW!  A Tottering Tower of  Babylon Time.  A Pre-Copernican, Geocentric Time.  A Ptolomy of Time Elaborately Epicycled into Ersatz Zones.  But wait there’s more!  An International Date Line!  Multiple Daze!  Just imagine; on the other side of midnight, tomorrow ever dances away at 1,000 miles an hour!  Ah, but don’t look now, for the absurdum reverberates!  AS AN EXTRA BONUS:  For two hours each day (thanks Kirimati!), there are not two dates but three.  “Good SatSunMonday!”  Even Umberto Ecco found it delightfully absurd.


Global Realtime

If you have ever spoken on the phone (or texted, or chatted, or facetimed, or, or, or… connected) with a friend in California, or Hilo or Dubai — while you were at home in Detroit (or Sacramento, or Timbuktu, or whatever island you call home), you pretty quickly figured out no matter what ‘time’ it was ‘there’ or ‘here’, it’s all the same now everywhere.  Blessedly, millions like you and I are beginning to confirm from direct personal experience — our global connections in realtime.  No matter where you are, there is no time like the present, for truly it is now everywhere.

Consider our glorious present — indeed it is a gift.  And everywhere on this world, so magical!  WOW!  An infinitely-faceted radiant blue gem.  Floating in space.  Spinning.  Suspended in almost nothing.


Say hello to the big time:  Aloha ManawaNui!

Kekimala Manawa Nui = Decimal Space-Time

The proposed extent of the known universe = 1 light exachi, or roughly 8.4 million parsecs (27.4 billion years).

Decimal systems of space time are not new, nor are they rare.

The ancient Chinese, Egyptian, Greek and Hawaiian cultures, all independently derived base-ten systems of time and calendar reckoning.

In the late 1700’s the Revolutionary French Republicans also created a decimal calendar and time systems to go with their other metric innovations of mass, distance, volume and temerature.

In the late 1800’s, English astronomer John Herschel – son of  William Herschel, discoverer of Uranus – began using the decimal fraction of the JulianDay to time-stamp his nightly observations.

In the late 1900’s, amid a flurry of Y2K interest in time by such intrepid tree-octopus hunters as Lyle Zapato, ground-breaking Dutch Digital Media Theorist Geert Lovink, even Swiss toy-watch manufacturer SWATCH briefly tested the waters, peddling a colorful array of plastic watches that displayed a decimal fraction of the day called ‘beats’.  Hurray Nicholas Negroponte.  His brother John was a central american thug in the Reagan administration. Say what you will about the Negroponte boys, but they are not underachievers — and you can’t pick your brothers.

Call it what you will — Chinese ke; French cés;  Hawaiian kaukani pana, beats, grands, measures, cycles, or simply a ‘kilo of time’,  have been around all along.  Quietly in the background, decimal time systems have never stopped.  In fact, they have been ticking all along.  Today J2000.0, is the decimal date & time-code used in high-eschlon satellite and mission control applications.

The 5th decimal fraction of the day —  0.00001 day  — is surprisingly close to the 60-seconds-per-minute we are more familiar with.  As there are 86,400 seconds in one day, so too there are 100,000 ticks of decimal time.  20 ticks = 17 seconds


This ‘decimal second‘ (Greek ‘chi‘,  Latin ‘tempi‘, French, cès, Hawaiian iki, different languages and cultures all recognise time at this wavelength  1/100.000th of a day.

The “chi (χ) duration” — named after the first letter  of the Greek word  chronos (χρόνος)  meaning ‘time’ — is the same in every language.   As there are 86,400 seconds in each mean solar Earth day (24 x 60 x 60), it follows that with 100.000 division of the day, each part is then 86.400/100.000 or more simply 0,864 seconds.

To experience this ‘chi duration‘ of time, if one is attentive, the subtle but perceptible up-tempo of chi is familiar, shifted only slightly faster (~14%) than seconds, at roughly 70 bpm.  Music is the art form most deeply concerned with time and tempo, and has a sophisticated lexicon to describe a broad range of tempi.  Adagio, is the Italian for this pace, which translates loosely as: slowly, gentle, easy.  Not quite languid, but not brisk either.

Turning back to science and a new set of definitions for decimal space-time units, chi is defined as equal to 864 milliseconds, or more precisely 7.942.433.849 +/-20 oscillations of Ce 133 atom under controlled conditions.  When chi is combined with the International System (SI or ‘metric’) prefixes of nano- milli-, kilo-, mega-, giga- etc — and then applied to the spatial distance traversed at the constant speed of light thru a vacuum, a new set of decimal space-time units are created.



If light travels 186.000 miles per second,  how far can light travel in one chi?  Remember, 1 χ = 864 ms.  How far can light travel in 86.4% of one second?  260.000 km!  earthmoon



1.000 chi = 1 kilochi (kχ)  ~15 minutes.

1 light kχ,  light travels 260 million km.

If you drew a equilateral triangle in space, with each leg equal to 1 light kχ, each point would touch the orbit of the Earth/Moon system on Lagrange nodes.   Johannes Kepler would be so proud!

lagrage diagram

The Earth to the Sun is about 150 million km.  This distance is defined as 1 ‘astronomical unit’, or 1 AU.


After kilo comes Mega, meaning ‘one million’.   Mega chi — Mχ — one million decimal seconds turns out to be exactly 10 days.  Instead of the familiar Judeo/Babylonian 7-day week,  the Hawaiian, Chinese and Egyptian  were several cultures to discern the value of a ’10 day week’.   Hawaiian, this period of time is ‘Anahulu’.  To those of us steeped in ‘God Created the Earth in Seven Days”,  it may be surprising to learn that three 10-day-weeks (3 x 10 = 30) is a much better fit to Earth’s lunar month cycle 29.54d than four 7-day weeks (4 x 7 = 28).  And with a 10-day week, every weekend is a 5 day weekend!  Weeeeee!

oort cloud
The “Oort Cloud” is a like a giant dust bunny in far orbit about our solar system. It would take 300 – 1.000 days for light to span. Gosh.

How far can light travel in 1LMχ?   Quite a ways!



Giga chi — Gχ — are about equal to a ‘Saturn Return’  or  27,4 years .  In one gigachi, light travels  27,4 lights years, or more commonly used by astronomer, 8,4 parsecs.  Here is a map of our local stellar neighborhood.




After Giga- comes Tera-.  1.000 Gχ = 1 Tχ.  

In a Tχ of 27.400 years, light travels 8.400 parsecs, coincedently the very distance our solar system is to the behive of blackholes buzzing in the middle of our Milkyway Galaxy

1LTx Earth to Center Milkyway

Try reflect on that kē or two!



After Tera- come Peta-

1.000 Tχ = 1 Pχ

“One Petachi”



1.000 Pχ = 1 Eχ

“One Exachi”



In a Eχ (Exachi = 27.4 billion years, light would travel 8.4 million parsecs, approximately equal to the proposed diameter of the known universe, which is quite a long ways. What do things look like at this scale?


Enjoy 😊