If you’ve ever come our way and partaken of a tourist venture, you’ll often engage in a robust round of “alooooooooooooooooooooo-haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa”. It’s cute and kind of funny the first couple of times. Local people, however, will advise against saying this lovely word that way.
JJ, Rey and Linda, the trio at the Triple Threat Investigation Agency, suggested I post about aloha, which can mean “hello” or “good-bye”. Did you know that it also refers to love and regard? And you can use it in conjunction with other words to extend different greetings. You can’t do that with “hello” or “hi”.
Let’s break it down.
Aloha = “the presence of breath” or “the breath of life”.
Alo = presence (front and face)
Ha = breath
When you visit the Islands, you’ll hear it repeatedly. But it’s not just a word, it’s a way of life . . . energy, spirit. In fact, perhaps you’ve heard “the Aloha Spirit”?
It’s about sharing and respecting, keeping faith and presenting kindness. In fact, in the earlier Hawaiian years, it meant “God in us”. It’s the harmonization of our hearts and minds; our thoughts and feelings/emotions must be good, positive. You can find reference to this in Chapter 5 of Hawai’i Revised Statutes.
Maui elder/linguist Pilahi Paki claimed aloha was more than a definition, it was a legacy, and presented aloha as an acronym:
“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.”
Rather cool, to say the least and something, a code of ethics if you like, we all could—and should—embrace.
May you be blessed this week . . . and may you bless others. Aloha, my friends.