Saturday, May 17

Aloha

[Aloha]

Someone recently asked me what aloha means when I had said it instead of good bye. I answered with the literal English translation: to share breath.

Aloha, like so many words, does not translate directly, but is contextual. A more encompassing definition can be found in Pukui and Samuel's Hawaiian Dictionary:
Aloha is love, affection, compassion, mercy, sympathy, pity, kindness, sentiment, grace, and charity. Aloha is a greeting, salutation, regards, sweetheart, lover, and a loved one. Aloha is being beloved, loving, kind, compassionate, charitable, and lovable. Aloha is to love, be fond of, show kindness, mercy, pity, charity, affection, venerate, remember with affection, greet and hail.
Aloha is such a marvelous word. It means so much to say that we share breath.