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!
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
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.
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!