What does Oahu mean in Hawaiian

Aloha

What does aloha mean?

Aloha is the best known Hawaiian word. In the Hawaiian language, it can mean "hello" or "bye". It also means love and affection. The word Aloha is also used in combination with other words, such as in "Aloha Kakahiaka" which means "good morning", "Aloha Auinala" which means "good day" and "Aloha Ahiahi" which means "good evening" . Because the word Aloha is so well known and loved in Hawaii, Hawaii is also called the "Aloha State".

Aloha is a Hawaiian symbol. Its meaning goes well beyond its definition, which can be found in a dictionary. In Hawaii, you can hear aloha all the time and you will be treated with aloha everywhere.

The Aloha Spirit

The literal meaning of Aloha is "the presence of the breath" or "the breath of life". It comes from "Alo" which means presence and "ha" which means breath. Aloha is a way of living and treating one another with love and respect. This begins by first learning to love our own being and then transferring that love to others.

According to the old Kahunas (Eng. Priests), the ability to live according to the Aloha Spirit is a way of achieving self-realization for one's own body and soul. Aloha is sending and receiving positive energy. Aloha is to live in harmony. When you live the Aloha Spirit, you create positive feelings and thoughts that will always be there. They exist in the universe, multiply and spread to others.

Inspired by the philosophy and wisdom of the Aloha Spirit, many institutions and businesses in Hawaii today bear this name, such as Aloha Tower, Aloha Stadium and Aloha Airlines. Many Hawaiian singers write and sing songs about aloha.

The Aloha Spirit as law

The Aloha Spirit is considered to be "state law". Even if the word "law" seems too strict, this law is not a law that will cause you trouble if you break it. It is mainly used as a reminder for government officials to treat people with care and respect, just as their ancestors did. The Aloha Spirit is more of an idea than a law. By applying this idea on a daily basis, government officials can help create a better world, one filled with the Aloha Spirit.

Definition of the Aloha Spirit state law

[5-7.5] "Aloha Spirit."
(a) "Aloha Spirit" is the coordination between mind and heart in every person. It brings each person to the self. Each person needs to send out good thoughts and feelings to others. In reflection and the presence of the life force "Aloha", the following "unuhi laula loa" should be used:

"Akahai," which means kindness,
which should be expressed with delicacy;

"Lokahi," which means unity,
which should be expressed with harmony;

"Oluolu," which means lovable,
what should be expressed with kindness;

"Haahaa," which means humility,
which should be expressed with unpretentiousness;

"Ahonui," which means patience,
which should be expressed with perseverance.

These are character traits that express the charm, warmth and honesty of the Hawaiian people. This is the Native Hawaiian philosophy that is passed down as a gift to other people.

"Aloha" is more than just a greeting.

"Aloha" means to be considerate of one another and to act warmly.

"Aloha" is the essence of relationships in which every person is important for every other person for a collective existence.

"Aloha" means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen and to know the unknown.

(b) In exercising their state power on behalf of the people and in fulfilling their responsibility, obligations and service to the people, the legislature, governor, state officials of each department and judges will adhere to the "Aloha Spirit". [L 1986, c 202, 1]

Aloha Friday

Many companies allow their employees to dress a little more loosely on the last day of the working week, Friday - on so-called Aloha Friday. So on Fridays you can wear Aloha shirts or blouses to work. However, this has not always been the case. This custom has an interesting history that is closely related to the Hawaiian clothing industry.

By the 1940s, most of the locally made items were sold to tourists. Employees at large Hawaiian companies were required to dress formally - suits and ties for men and dresses, skirts and blouses for women. In 1947, Aloha Week was founded and people realized that it would be good for the Hawaiian economy if Hawaiians also wore more clothes that were made here.

Therefore, the city of Honolulu allowed men to wear sporty shirts (but not too brightly colored) to work on Fridays. In the 1960s, fashion loosened even more. The Bank of Hawaii was the first corporation to allow Aloha clothing on Fridays. Nowadays there is hardly a business that does not follow the Aloha Friday.

Aloha shirt

The Aloha Spirit gave its name to the well-known and colorful Hawaiian shirt that is known as the Aloha shirt. There are tons of patterns and designs and they are made in bright colors.

Hawaii produces two types of shirts - Aloha shirts, which are made for the Hawaiian people, and shirts, which are made for tourists and for export to other countries. The difference between these shirts is that the shirts for the residents mostly have floral or generic Polynesian motifs, whereas the shirts for the tourists are usually much more colorful and motifs such as a sunny day in Hawaii, palm trees, tropical cocktails, wreaths of flowers, beaches , have blue sea and flowers.

Another difference between these two types of shirts is that tourists mostly wear these shirts as casual wear, whereas Hawaiian residents wear these shirts to work.

"Aloha to learn what is not said, to see what cannot be seen & to know the unknowable."
(Eng. "Aloha to learn what has not been said, to see what cannot be seen and to know the unknown.")

Queen Lili‘uokalani