The Aloha Spirit

The spirit of Aloha and the unique Hawaiian sensibility are continual sources of inspiration. Ancient indigenous Hawaiian culture is rich in spirituality and models principles of how to live in harmony. The spirit of aloha (ie, connecting through the breath of life) that almost all Hawaii residents recognize and appreciate, has helped the multi-cultural population here live as harmoniously (though imperfectly) as any place on earth. And of course, the exquisite natural beauty everywhere in Hawaii makes it a perfect gathering place, the nickname of the island of Oahu, for experiencing peace and our oneness.

The following is a definition of Aloha created by Aunty Pilahi Paki, herself a living treasure. Mahalo to Aunty Pilahi for sharing this deeply moving explanation of Aloha, lived through her by example, with all of us. 


“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.

A: Akahai, meaning kindness, to be expressed with tenderness; Grace

L:  Lokahi, meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony; of one mind – ke akua, connected and unbroken

O: Oluolu, meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness; gentle – how you would touch a baby

H: Ha’aha’a, meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty; be empty

A: Ahonui, meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance; waiting for the moment, being prepared

 Enjoy another interpretation of the Aloha Spirit in the context of Peace.