Conflict Resolution at Kalani

Conflict Resolution at Kalani


conflict 2Just because we live in paradise doesn’t mean the occasional conflict isn’t going to happen. Who among us hasn’t wanted to punch somebody in the face or run somebody’s arm through a meat grinder over some silly, inconsequential argument? When you live in a community though, these things are frowned upon. So, instead of taking your conflict resolution to such an extreme, please consider these alternative means of resolution

  1. Foot Race:

conflict 4Sound simple? It is! Have a foot race to decide who is right and who is wrong. Let’s consider, for example, a conflict between two hypothetical Kalani volunteers, Stanley and Drake. Drake was serving breakfast on his kitchen shift one morning when Stanley came through the line. Drake was told to only serve two pieces of bacon to everybody, but Stanley insisted on three. Instead of escalating into a full on fist fight, Drake challenged Stanley to a foot race from Hale Aloha to the Lanai. Stanley won, and Drake conceded to giving him a third piece of bacon, and Stanley hadStanley had all the energy he needed to rid Kalani of weed trees on his horticulture shift that day.

  1. Arm Wrestle:

conflict 1This tried and true conflict resolution technique has been with us in our society for…. well, for who knows how long, but a real long time for sure, and it works! Let’s take an example between Stanley and Drake once more. Stanley and Drake both arrived in the TV room at the same time. Stanley wanted to watch “Bridge to Terabithia” but Drake had his heart set on watching a documentary about beef jerky. Before things could get out of hand, Stanley suggested that they arm wrestle for it. Drake won, and Stanley ended up watching “Bridge to Terabithia” with him, and not only is that now his favorite movie, but Drake became his new bff as well.

  1. Breath Hold Contest:

conflict 3It’s simple, but it works. When deciding a conflict, see who can hold their breath the longest, and that’s who wins. Once again, let’s use Stanley and Drake as an example. Those two were engaged in a rigorous game of Scrabble in the lounge one day. Stanley was certain that “whorable” was a real word, but Drake insisted it wasn’t. Rather than throw the Scrabble board across the room, they decided to have a contest to see who could hold their breath the longest. Stanley won the contest as well as the Scrabble game with “whorable” on a triple word square, and Drake became interested in the intricacies of the English language and eventually became a high paid English Professor at Purdue University.



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