Written by Hawaiian poet and philosopher Pilahi Paki, and adopted by the Hawaii Legislature in 1986 ([§5-7.5] "Aloha Spirit"), the meaning of Aloha comes from the heart and is given freely.
A renown and beloved linguist, Paki gave spiritual meaning to each letter of the word aloha:
A stands for AKAHAI, meaning kindness, expressed with tenderness.
L is for LOKAHI, meaning unity, expressed with harmony.
O is for OLU`OLU, meaning agreeable, expressed with pleasantness.
H stands for HA`AHA`A, meaning humility, expressed with modesty.
A stands for AHONUI, meaning patient and persevering.
Whether a visitor or kama'aina (resident), the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands inspires the heart and mind.
"Aloha was a recognition of life in another," explained writer Helena G. Allen. "If there was life there was mana, goodness and wisdom, and if there was goodness and wisdom there was a god-quality."
The magic of aloha is contagious. Each day, the key is to "Live Aloha:" Help anonymously. Forgive hurts. Keep every agreement made. Give and share freely. Slow down and spend time in silence.
Listen... understand... and Live Aloha.
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The key is to Live Aloha.