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The True Meaning of Aloha

By: Lola Frailey Wednesday July 11, 2018 comments Tags: sustainable farming, sustainable energy

The term Aloha is often misunderstood. Many think “Aloha” is a word that can be interchangeably used for hello and goodbye. Although this is true, “Aloha” has a much deeper meaning than most realize.

Once you understand what Aloha means, you will no doubt appreciate our life here on the Hawaiian islands. Native Hawaiian or not, anyone can practice Aloha in their daily lives. Let's break down what each part of “Aloha” means.

A, ala or alertness. Can also mean being of positive mind and heart. Making sure our lives and the lives of those around us are always moving forward.

L, lokahi or working in unity with others. Support people in the community and family circle. Unity requires being PONO/one with everybody. Open communication and willingness to be neighborly is something everyone can do to make the world a better place.

O, oia'i'o or truth. In modern society, many are too polite to give and receive constructive criticism and share ideas. Being truthful and positive in both giving and receiving ideas and beliefs can help the community become PONO and grow together.

H, ha'aha'a, or hanu the breath of life (Aloha Spirit). Everyone is a unique individual. Your individuality is fueled by ha, or breath of life. During a traditional Hawaiian greeting, the “ha” in Aloha would involve exhaling at the “ha” into the face of the other person acknowledging the divine creator within each and everyone.

A, ahonui or patience and love of oneself and others. Patience and love starts at the home. If you can’t love yourself, you can’t show love to others. Everyone comes from a different background and may not understand or perceive a situation the same as you. Expressing patience, love, oia'i'o, and understanding is another way we can be PONO with one another.

Another interpretation of “Aloha” from: is as follows:

“Alo, 1. sharing 2. in the present

Oha, joyous affection, joy

Ha, life energy, life, breath

Using Hawaiian language grammatical rules, we will translate this literally as "The joyful sharing of life energy in the present" or simply "Joyfully sharing life".”

Living the way of Aloha also includes being PONO with mother nature.

We at Hawaiian Organic Noni do our best to live by these values by:

  • Only using natural sustainable farming practices
  • Supporting the local community
  • Wildlife conservation

The next time you greet a friend with "Aloha" remember its true meaning. Aloha is a very unique and beautiful word.


Lola Frailey

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