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.
A – Ala: watchful, alertness
L – Lokahi: harmony, working in unity
O – Oia’i’o: genuine, truthful honesty
H – Ha’aha’a: humble, humility
A – Ahonui: patience, patient perseverance
“Be in unity and harmony with your real self and mankind. Be honest, truthful, patient, kind to all forms, and humble”
Alo – sharing, 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!