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Aloha

05/01/2012

It’s been almost a year since I was last in Hawai’i – in fact, through the kindness of a friend who let me visit with her at her family’s oceanfront home.  It was the second time I had visited the State, on two different islands.  Aside from the obvious beauty and wonderful climate, the one thing that struck me the most unexpectedly was the “spirit of Aloha” – not just a nice way to say hello for the Hawaiians – it embodies the ancient attitudes of a people…

I was so impacted by this that I did some research on “Aloha” – did you know that it is actually written in the Hawaiian Statutes? Here is the acronym and meanings – the unuhi laulā loa of ALOHA:

Akahai“, meaning kindness to be expressed with tenderness;

Lōkahi“, meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony;

ʻOluʻolu” meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness;

Haʻahaʻa“, meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty;

Ahonui“, meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance.

The statute goes on to state “”Aloha” means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return.”  Read the full blog post in Hawaii Classics.

Kindness at its best – mutual regard and affection, extending warmth in caring with no obligation in return. Would that every person learned to extend this kindness, not only in Hawai’i!  Aloha…

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2 comments

  1. Wow! Wouldn’t it be cool if we were reminded to be kind, harmonious, agreeable, humble, and patient every time we greet one another? I wonder how long it would take to see a gentler attitude become dominant once again. I want to remember the spirit of Aloha with every greeting and interaction in my life.
    Thanks for this! My day is off to a great start!


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