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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Meaning of "Aloha"

In the Hawaiian language Aloha means affection, peace, compassion and mercy. Since the middle of the 19th century, Aloha has come to be used as an English greeting meaning hello and goodbye.

It is also the state nickname of Hawaii, the "Aloha State".

The meaning behind aloha is...

A - Akahai = Kindness, expressed with tenderness
L - Lokahi = Unity, expressed with harmony
O - 'Olu'olu = Agreeable, expressed with pleasantness
H - Ha'aha'a = Humility, expressed with modesty
A - Ahonui = Patience expressed with perseverence

So, when you visit Hawaii, do not hesitate to greet people with this beautiful word!


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