Tulsi is asked why she didn’t sign the letter sent by the House minority to Trump, about Bannon. She speaks out strongly about policies that are destructive but stays out of ineffectual name-calling as a matter of Aloha.
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Jul 26, 2016
“My fellow Democrats, my fellow Americans, aloha.
People have asked me how a somewhat frumpy and sometimes grumpy 70-year old could become the voice for millions, connecting seamlessly with laborers in the Rust Belt and environmentalists in the West.
The answer lies in his aloha: his deep love for others and Mother Earth.
As Bernie said, “The truth is, when you hurt, when your children hurt, I hurt. And when my kids hurt, you hurt.”
This is a movement of love.
Love which calls us to care for families torn apart by our criminal justice system … to care for folks whose jobs have vanished because of destructive trade deals … to care for those barely scraping by at minimum wage or crippled by college debt… to care about our environment and future generations… to care about lives lost, lives ruined, and countries destroyed by counterproductive regime change wars… to care for our veterans who face unacceptable delays and inadequate care.
This movement of love and compassion is bigger than any one of us … it speaks to our nation’s conscience, to our hearts.
Such love opens our eyes to the truth that every hungry child is my child every worker seeking the dignity of a job is my neighbor . . . every senior citizen in need of care is my parent … an attack on anyone because of race, religion, or sexual orientation is an attack on all of us.
It’s when we care for each other — choosing inclusion and love over division and hatred — that this great country is at its greatest.
Let us draw inspiration from the words of Mahatma Gandhi: “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”
My friends, because this is a movement fueled by love, it can never be stopped or defeated.
On behalf of millions inspired by aloha, determined to seek a future rooted in love, compassion and justice, and dedicated to a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, I am honored to nominate Bernie Sanders for President of the United States.”
“This movement for peace that is fueled by Aloha, starts with us”
–Tulsi Gabbard (June 3, 2017, email)
Aloha means hello and goodbye depending on the inflection, but it also has deeper meanings. The root of the word Aloha can give us some insight; Alo means to celebrate and ha means life, so another meaning is to celebrate life, “A” also means I, Lo means to give, and ha is breath or life force, so this can be translated to: I give you my breath, life. If you were drowning I would save you and give you mouth to mouth. Aloha is also codified in Hawaii state law, described originally by Aunty Pilahi Paki as the remedy to save the world.
[HRS §5-7.5]: “Aloha Spirit”.
(a) “Aloha Spirit” is the coordination of mind and heart within each person. It brings each person to the self. Each person must think and emote good feelings to others. In the contemplation and presence of the life force, “Aloha”, the following unuhi laula loa may be used:
“Akahai”, meaning kindness to be expressed with tenderness;
“Lokahi”, meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony;
“Oluolu”, meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness;
“Haahaa”, meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty;
“Ahonui”, meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance.
These are traits of character that express the charm, warmth and sincerity of Hawaii’s people. It was the working philosophy of native Hawaiians and was presented as a gift to the people of Hawaii. “Aloha” is more than a word of greeting or farewell or a salutation. “Aloha” means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return. “Aloha” is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence. “Aloha” means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen and to know the unknowable.
(b) In exercising their power on behalf of the people and in fulfillment of their responsibilities, obligations and service to the people, the legislature, governor, lieutenant governor, executive officers of each department, the chief justice, associate justices, and judges of the appellate, circuit, and district courts may contemplate and reside with the life force and give consideration to the “Aloha Spirit”. [L 1986, c 202, §1]
So the law is not binding and carries no penalty, yet this spirit of aloha serves as a base in which we can better cooperate to create a better world.