“Aloha” compiled by Anolia Offrecio Facun et al.

Aloha: The Message of Hawaii

Aloha is… feeling like part of a family, even amongst strangers you may never meet again… a way of life, welcoming others into our hearts… love and respect for life… putting service before self… doing what is right even when nobody is looking… God’s message… coming together for the greater good… taking individual responsibility to create and bring peace with our neighbors, and care for everyone.

“Aloha: The Message of Hawaii” (2012) compiled by author Anolia Offrecio Facun and the mother-daughter team of Chelsea and Leslie Tyson is a thoughtful collection of personal stories, anecdotes, advice, and affirmations of God. The essays help visitors and residents alike appreciate Hawaii and share the meaning of aloha, written by local writers, many of whom chose to make Hawaii their home.

There are short bios and black-and-white photos of most of the contributors, though some of the bios read more like resumes. The book ends with Hawaiian proverbs and sayings, and a short Hawaiian glossary. I would have liked to see some photographs and artwork to show aloha and engage our vision.

Three of the essays really stood out and inspired me:

* “TheBus has Aloha” by Nathan of TheBus taught me that you can bring aloha to your job. Nathan shared the joy of helping people visit new places and return home again and taking care of passengers. “The people they pick up are probably their co-workers, aunty or uncle or mother or father… We are all family, so we gotta take care of them” (pages 38-39).

Aloha Card DOE

* “The Law and Spirit of Aloha” by Brant Sugai taught me that we can create laws and run businesses based on aloha. It starts by incorporating character education in schools and sharing the Aloha Card, which identifies behaviors, consequences, and their emotional harvests.

* “A Bowl of Aloha” by Teresa Shuptrine taught me that a daily prayer, a simple kindness (sharing what you have, without waiting for a special occasion), and beautiful gardenia flowers can have a positive impact.

What does aloha mean to you? How do you live aloha in your daily life?

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