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The “aloha spirit” is a phrase you’ll hear about Kaua`i (and Hawaii) long before you arrive. Get on the plane to fly here and you’re probably already feeling the spirit.

"Aloha" is one of the most commonly used Hawaiian words throughout the state.

While many use “aloha” to say “hello” or “goodbye,” it’s more than a friendly salutation.  Aloha is also used to mean love.

However, the literal meaning of aloha is “the presence of breath” or “the breath of life.” It comes from “alo,” meaning presence, front and face, and “ha,” meaning breath.

And, the acronym ALOHA stands for:

A for ala - watchful, alertness
L for lokahi - working with unity
O for oia'i'o - truthful honesty
H for ha'aha'a - humility
A for ahonui - patient perseverance

When you’re on island (or even when you’re back home), practice sending & receiving positive energy and you’ll be keeping the spirit of aloha alive in your heart.


Photo: Hanalei Sand Castle Contest 2011, contributed by Debra Jason