Hawaiian Expressions by Auli’i

Mei (May) word of the Month: “ALOHA”

In Hawai’i, it is common to use the word “Aloha”. We use it in greetings and farewells. It’s an expression of love. Besides the common meanings, Aloha is the way of life. Growing up, I was taught a fundamental code which showed me a deeper layer to the meaning of Aloha.

AAla: watchful, alertness
LLokahi: harmony, working in unity
OOia’i’o: genuine, truthful honesty
HHa’aha’a: humble, humility
AAhonui: patience, patient perseverance

“Be in unity and harmony with your real self and mankind. Be honest, truthful, patient, kind to all forms, and humble”

Alosharing, in the present               

Oha – joy, joyous affection
Ha – life, breath

“The joyful sharing of life energy in the presence” or “Joyful Sharing Life”

I’ve came to learn “Aloha” is indeed a way of life, an attitude, and contains guidelines to help us in our everyday lives. As you go through your day , think of the different ways you could show or share ALOHA!

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