Aloha means more than just hello - its Hawaiians' way to treat people with love and compassion.
The word “Aloha” in the Hawaiian language can mean compassion, peace, mercy or even affection. However, since the middle of the 19th century, it’s also used to say “Hello” and “Goodbye.”
The meaning behind aloha, treating those around you with love and compassion, is very important to the people of Hawai’i. A person can be referred to as showing or having the spirit of aloha in the way that he or she treats others, be it family or friend or neighbor or strangers.
The idea of aloha is so important to Hawaiians that the number of businesses on each island with “aloha” in their names is almost too many to count! The word is also in the state nickname of Hawai’i… The Aloha State.
The spirit of Aloha
For Hawai’ians the spirit of Aloha means to live in harmony with your real self, with other humans and with nature. It means to be honest, truthful, patient, respectful and kind to all living things. What a fantastic notion!
We should all do this everyday, whether we’re in Hawaii or not.
By Eloise Kruger (Whyzz writer)