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What Does Aloha Mean …

 

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The other day I was musing  on the word ALOHA and stumbled upon this article: The Deeper Meaning of Aloha.  It  was written by  Curby H. Rule.   Curby’s explanation of the deeper meaning of aloha is  enlightening.  I am sharing some excerpts here and in the end of you will find the link to the full post.

The spirit of Aloha was an important lesson taught to the children of the past because it was about the world of which they were a part. One early teaching goes like this:

Aloha is being a part of all, and all being a part of me. When there is pain – it is my pain. When there is joy – it is also mine. I respect all that is as part of the Creator and part of me. I will not willfully harm anyone or anything. When food is needed I will take only my need and explain why it is being taken. The earth, the sky, the sea are mine to care for, to cherish and to protect. This is Hawaiian – this is Aloha! 

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As the child grew, the need for a fundamental code of ethics was taught. This code is found within a deeper layer of the meaning of the word Aloha. The code is derived from one of the acronymic meanings of Aloha.

A, ala, watchful, alertness
L, lokahi, working with unity
O, oia’i’o, truthful honesty
H, ha’aha’a, humility
A, ahonui, patient perseverance

Full article here:    The Deeper Meaning of Aloha 

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And how about these beautiful illustrations of Aloha? These Aloha Designs were created by  Michael Paz as part of his “Project Aloha”. Click on these Project Aloha words for the story behind it – it is quite an inspiring story too.

Find out more about Project Aloha. To buy Project Aloha, click here.

Now every time we use the word ALOHA, we know that’s there is a much more meaning to it than just hello and good bye. Aloha!

 

 

 

When It’s All Said and Done, It’s Not Really About The Turkey, Is It? Thanksgiving Day Musing on Maui

This photo above was taken from our kitchen window. I used my IPhone. Although I used the Instagram Apps, I didn’t really use any filter on it.  This is how our Thanksgiving Day here on Maui came to an end (or almost the end).  How can I not be thankful?  Living here on paradise is a dream to so many, and yet here I am living the dream.  Life is good.  We had a bountiful meal. We celebrated this day with our best friends here on Maui – actually our family here.  They are the ones we camped with at Kipahulu and in  Haleakala Crater, they are our ohana so to speak.

I don’t know about you, but as for me, I am stuffed!  I ate so much! There are still plenty of food left over so I know I am going to be eating some more. Yikes! Running  is on my list of things to do tomorrow!

When our friends went home, my husband and I decided to go to Keawakapu Beach to walk Sonny, our famous Italian Greyhound.  It was a gorgeous day at the beach.  I am happy for all the visitors  who are here for Thanksgiving.  They not only got the epic weather the whole day, they were also shown a beautiful Maui sunset at the end of the day.

As I was walking along the beach stuffed, I can’t help but think of the many things I am thankful for.  Way too many to mention here on this post.  But one thing is for sure … Thanksgiving is really not about the turkey … it’s about appreciating life and being grateful for our loved ones – our family and friends.

With that thought, I just want to mention here how grateful I am to all of you who regularly come here and read my blog.  It’s a joy for me to write here, but even more so, its a joy for me to hear that you enjoy reading this blog.  Before the mood of this blog shifts to Christmas (oh I love Christmas), I just wanted to make sure that I express my thankfulness to you all.  Aloha!

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Speaking of aloha,  I am making this post my official entry to the “Aloha Friday” post at An Island Life, by Kailani.   There are three questions I have for this week – you can answer one, or you can answer 2 or all: 1) What you are thankful for today? I know you have many, but share at least one  2) What was your favorite food in your Thanksgiving Feast today? 3) Are going shopping on Black Friday? (today?)

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