Many people don’t know that the Aloha Spirit was adopted as a law under the Hawaii State Statues in 1986.Here is a copy of the statute:
[§5-7.5] The Aloha Spirit. (a) The “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. In the contemplation and presence of the life force, “Aloha”, the following “unuhi laula loa” may be used:
“Akahai”, meaning kindness to be expressed with tenderness; “Lokahi”, meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony; “Olu’olu”, meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness; “Ha’aha’a”, meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty; “Ahonui”, meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance.
These are traits of character that express the charm, warmth and sincerity of Hawaii’s people. It 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 reality, the Aloha Spirit is ineffable, i.e., too great to be described in words. Like a great sunset or sunrise, Aloha must be experienced.
Once the Aloha Spirit is experienced, it should be SHARED with others. 🤙