What is Aloha?
This week, I began an exciting project to find the meaning of Aloha. I gathered my information from many sources: All ages. Local non-Hawaiians. Hawaiians. Tourists and Malihini, transplants to Hawaii.
In an unexpected twist, when I spoke with the elders, they had very little to say. Their answers were very simple. Consistently short and simple.
People in my generation and older, the Makua, had a very scholarly interpretation. An expressive, articulate interpretation of the word aloha and what it means to them.
In a discussion with my cousin about my observation she said, “You know, it’s because our kupuna, elders, they lived aloha. It wasn’t even something you needed to talk about. Aloha was just a part of you. Something you were raised with. How you lived. A way of being. In this generation, Aloha is something you are.
When we are in the presence or spirit, we radiate the divine in everything we do, everything we are, and everything we say. Since great spirit is love, when we embrace that truth, we open ourselves to serving with love. It influences everything.
It gives us purpose. It forever will be and has always been a part of who we are. We can connect to Aloha and extend it to everyone in any situation.
Venerate? I didn’t even know what that meant! Venerate means to uplift, to lift up or raise up. We can raise ourselves up with love or aloha. We can raise others up with love or aloha. We can help each other to be more and to be better, to be more closer to the spirit that we truly are.
This was fascinating because the explanation came from a visitor. It’s the experience of being welcomed, loved, and accepted as family instantaneously. Not after a period of time of getting to know someone, but instantaneously and unconditionally. It’s a feeling that is projected from the people here.
This Aloha definition in Hawaiian is one of my favorites. Aloha encompasses the our values:
malama – to care, nature or be caring.
Lokahi – unity. It also has to do with your character, something that’s instilled in you.
Ha’aha’a – humility.
Kokua, being helpful and of service.
Pono – being in alignment and balance with yourself and with all things.
The combined experience of these values instilled in one’s character is the living and being in aloha.
Aloha is the sense of peace, beauty, wellbeing, and genuine kindness that comes when we respect ourselves, everyone else and all things. It’s greeting people with kindness, even just the smile. Aloha Hawaiian meaning is doing what is right in humility.
One of our kupunas, Auntie Bernadine, says this is the only way. You have to love yourself in order to have the capacity to love others. Then, you can give freely with acceptance, no matter the race, religion or creed.
It’s not just a word. Aloha in Hawaiian is an embodiment and a feeling of warmth and oneness. Aloha is compassion and love that we can be embraced by.
Aloha is something we all want. A gift we can cultivate. Take a moment to draw in that divine breath of God.
Take in the presence of spirit and acknowledge that spirit within you. As you acknowledge that spirit within you, understand aloha is an embodiment. A way of being. A way of living.
It’s a feeling. An emotion. Something we can extend to others. As you bask in the present, allow that aloha, that love, that unconditional aspect to embrace you in warmth.
Having respect for yourself and others, bringing in a reverence of that divinity and allow yourself to extend and expand.
It has always has been a part of us and is our birthright. We can extend it out to help illuminate and ignite that same feeling and presence in others. Help others remember who they are as true embodiments of this spirit of aloha.
I want to mahalo, thank, all of the people who shared their mana’o, knowledge and insights, with me.
I would LOVE you to share with me what aloha means to you. Write it in a comment below. E-mail it to me at email@example.com
…better yet, just take your cellphone and make a quick video of what aloha means to you. I’d love to compile it and start sharing it on our Facebook platform or share it with students in our Lomi Lomi retreats.
When we put our hearts, thoughts, and minds together towards this very positive aspect of who we are as being. In the presence of spirit. Living aloha in action, in words, in service…we can help others to also expand in the aloha they already carry within.
Send me your videos from wherever you are on the planet. I can’t wait to hear it, see it and share it!You will also enjoy reading: Healing vs Curing | Lomi Lomi is Loving People
13 thoughts on “The meaning of Aloha”
This is so Beautiful! I will be visiting Maui for the first time in July, and am looking so forward to meeting you! My understanding of “Aloha” at this time is an innate feeling of kindness that comes from within extended to all and everything without conditions. A wonderful example of love. I look forward to experiencing Hawaiian Aloha myself in a few months. What a Beautiful way of being that we should all strive for. Setting an example of living a life of “Aloha” or love and kindness is what I believe our purpose is on earth.
Volver a mi hogar.
Encontrar otra manera de aprender respirar,de vivir y de sentir.
Es la maxima expresion de amor..
Sentir que todos somos uno y recibir al dar..sin pedir.
Es saber quien soy AMOR.
Son mil ganas de compartir ,aprender y honrar.
Me siento profundamente agradecida de haber llegado a esta mi familia.
Gracias a todos los que se cruzan en mi camino para que aprenda.
Nos vemos pronto.
Mahalo Nui Ohana!!
Aloha Marta, muchisimas gracias por leer y escribirme sobre esta tema de aprenda y amor. Cada uno puede aprender mucho quando juntamos en la energia de Amor y harmonia. Espero tambien que nos vemos pronto. Aloha Pono
Aww this is BEAUTIFUL! Thankyou for sharing the meanings of Aloha! I love Hawaii! I learned from you today! Aloha = LOVE
Aloha Melissa, mahalo for engaging and for carrying the Aloha with you in Tennessee
“The light within me honors the light within you!”
Sounds familiar from another practice? To me, the practice of Aloha is universal. Aloha means to honor all living things, to see them as the shining light they are. If we honor one another, we live in our truth, we won’t hurt one another and we respect all living beings.
I absolutely agree with you Meggie, all these truths are universal that we find through out the spiritual practices and cultures of the world. Respect and reverence for all is the way. Aloha pono
Aloha for me and first of all means self-love!.. and I am convinced that the rest will follow.
If I am present, gentle on myself, caring about myself, love what I do and so on how could I not be all that for and to others? If I live ALOHA I feel good and can acknowledge me how I am and whatever is. I believe this is the most natural and honest way to effect others by starting with myself first.
But it`s kind of a practice too, because there are days when I don`t feel good or aligned. Reminding me of our Ohana and the Aloha-Vibes helps me to come back on track ;)! Really! Mahalo for that! 🙂
Aloha Mareike, mahalo for taking the time to comment on Aloha. You are correct that this is a practice. Bringing loving vibes in and connecting to that can shift even the cloudiest of days. Can’t wait to see you soon.
Aloha for me is absolute love
love for yourself
love for what you do
love for the place where you are and love who you are with
It’s a way of living the life that I call
live in aloha mode
It is making love the purpose of your existence,
I agree whole heartedly Maria Carmen. So excited to be sharing and welcoming you to Maui in just a few days.
It’s not stating we all want it, but letting it be a natural part of giving (friendliness with sincerity and no expectation) which we cultivate without make-up/masks in our interactions. To me it’s who I am and improving also through my nobility in Sweden, part of how I was brought up, thinking not just being of service the American way but what I can offer or give. Check out the Aloha-project by Serge Kahili King on Big Island! Maybe you can develop something from that?
Mahalo for your insight Hannah. You are right that Aloha is our natural way. Blessings to you in lovely Sweden!!