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What is Haloha?
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The origin and meaning of aloha

The word aloha is derived from Proto-Polynesian roots alo, meaning 'presence' and ha, meaning 'breath,' making the literal meaning something close to 'the presence of breath.'[^1^][3] In this context, it makes sense that the word has been simplified in some contexts to mean merely hello and goodbye.

However, for native Hawaiians, aloha has a deeper cultural and spiritual significance. It is used to define a force that holds together existence.[^1^][3] It also expresses the essence of the Hawaiian way of life, which is based on harmony, kindness, generosity and respect.[^2^][2]

The use and practice of aloha

Aloha is more than just a word. It is a way of living and treating each other with love and respect. It is also a way of acknowledging the divine in each person.[^2^][2]

Aloha can be used as a greeting or a farewell, but it also conveys a sense of connection and mutual regard. When someone says aloha to you, they are not only saying hello or goodbye, but also wishing you well and expressing their care for you.[^2^][2]

Aloha can also be practiced as a philosophy or a code of conduct. Some of the principles of aloha include:[^2^][2]

  • Akahai: kindness, gentleness, grace
  • Lokahi: unity, harmony, cooperation
  • Oluolu: agreeableness, pleasantness, satisfaction
  • Haahaa: humility, modesty, reverence
  • Ahonui: patience, perseverance, endurance

By following these principles, one can live in harmony with oneself, others and nature. This is also known as living with the aloha spirit.[^2^][2]