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Monday, September 4, 2017

Hawaiian Greeting: Aloha

Aloha Everyone,

I usually begin my personal letters or messages with Aloha and end with Love and Aloha.  

Aloha is not just a simple greeting of hello and goodby. Its meaning is very deep. It means love, peace, compassion, mercy and affection. Anthropologist, Frances Newton wrote that, "Aloha is a complex and profound sentiment. Such emotions defy definition".  

Well do you know that exercising Aloha Spirit is a law?
"Chapter 5 of Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes:
§ 5-7.5 "Aloha Spirit". (a) "Aloha Spirit" is the coordination of mind and heart within each person. It brings each person to the self. Each person must think and emote good feelings to others. In the contemplation and presence of the life force, "Aloha", the following unuhi laulā loa may be used:
"Akahai", meaning kindness to be expressed with tenderness;
"Lōkahi", meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony;  for full text, please go to: 
Aloha -- Cathi