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Making Friends Over Color Puzzles at Starbucks

I went to Starbucks on the other side of Waikiki to work this afternoon.
I sat outside, at a black wicker-wire round table and got on wifi.

Two little girls walked in to a table across from me— each had long black hair in a pony tail and were carrying on a distinct conversation with very intentional expressions— they couldn’t have been more than 9 years old.

The younger one crossed over up to my table, sort of reached around the edge of the table and stretched her arm as her fingers dragged along the wire weaving.

“Is this OK?” she asked as she proceeded to step on the garden hose, making her way all the way around to stand at my left.

“It’s OK with me,” I laughed, “But is it OK with your Mom?” I waved at the Mom sitting across tables, deep in conversation. The older one had crossed the table chasm as well and was now standing on my right.

The Moms couldn’t care less, they nodded, pleased to get back into their conversation.

“We are playing a color game,” I announced, as I opened up this puzzle on my iPhone and presented it to the girls.

Here’s what I learned about the experience that one might have when they have never prior in life seen huedoku.

  1. You think it helps to memorize the answer prior to scrambling, but it only means you aren’t really looking while you play.
  2. Orange can be red and Red can be orange, sometimes.
  3. The colors, when in order, do in fact, look, like they are in order.

On point 3, this has been a tough phenomenon to describe in words.

While we have been told we need a better description of what defines a “Huedoku Solution”, and we have tried: make a gradient, put the colors in order like a rainbow, complete the array, and just put them back where they came from so that they glow in harmony…

While the words are tough to come by, the concept is innate. Meaning, everyone who sees color (9/10 of humans) the way we do, will see a particular pop, a relational harmony, a damn glow.

It’s called halation. And halation is one of the only ways to make color in relationship luminous. That will be our next blog post.


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