The Meaning of Aloha

The word “aloha” is more than a word of greeting or farewell or a salutation. You’ll hear it being said many times during your trip to Hawaii, but what is the true meaning of “aloha”?

The State of Hawaii describes the meaning of aloha as follows:

“Aloha” was the working philosophy of native Hawaiians and was presented as a gift to the people of Hawaii.

“Aloha” is more than a word of greeting or farewell or a salutation.

“Aloha” means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return.

“Aloha” is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence.

“Aloha” means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen and to know the unknowable.

In quoting Kawika Sands, aloha is broken down into an A.L.O.H.A. acronym as follows:

A: “Akahai”, meaning kindness to be expressed with tenderness;

L: ”Lokahi”, meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony;

O: “Oluolu”, meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness;

H: “Haahaa”, meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty;

A: “Ahonui”, meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance.

The local government also tells us about the meaning of the Aloha Spirit: (a) “Aloha Spirit” is the coordination of mind and heart within each person. It brings each person to the self. Each person must think and emote good feelings to others. (b)  In exercising their power on behalf of the people and in fulfillment of their responsibilities, obligations and service to the people, the legislature, governor, lieutenant governor, executive officers of each department, the chief justice, associate justices, and judges of the appellate, circuit, and district courts may contemplate and reside with the life force and give consideration to the “Aloha Spirit”.

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