Dancing Havaiian ladies

The most famous word in Hawaii is the word "aloha". In Hawaiian it means hello or bye, but can also mean love or affection. The word aloha is also used in phrases alohakakahiaka, which means good morning, alohaauinala - good afternoon and alohaahiahi - good evening. The state of Hawaii is even called the Aloha state.

But it is worth noting that the meaning of the word is deeper than just the meaning of words hello or bye.

Literally, the word aloha can be translated as "breath of life" or "the presence of breath" . ALOHA - this is not just a word; it is a lifestyle that involves respect for others.

According to the ancient priests, the path of self-realization and self-improvement was considered to be the ability to live by the Spirit of Aloha. ALOHA represents reception and transmission of positive energy, and life in harmony.

Even today, people are inspired by this philosophy and include the word "Aloha" in the names of different organizations.

Now it becomes clear that the Aloha is not just hello and bye, it is respect, kindness and sincerity, which should be given to others without waiting for anything in return. Many philosophers say that Aloha means being able to hear what is not said and see what is invisible, and also to know what is not comprehended by others.

It should be noted that many companies allow their employees to wear informal dress code on the last working day, which is called in Hawaii Aloha Friday. On this day you can wear aloha clothes.

It’s impossible to come to Hawaii and not to buy one of the aloha-shirts, popular colorful Hawaiian shirts. This aloha-shirt is decorated with a variety of different patterns that are painted in bright colors.

There are two kinds of aloha-shirts that are produced on Hawaii: one is for locals and the other kind is for tourists. The difference is that in the local shirts floral print and Polynesian motifs are used, and tourist shirts usually have palm trees, beaches and cocktails on them.

Another difference is that for the tourists these shirts are casual clothes, and for the locals - official.

Queen Liliuokalani once said that "Aloha" means to hear what is not said, to see what is invisible, and to know what is not comprehended.


М. Petrova