The Deeper Meanings of Aloha

“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.


Aunty Pilahi Paki

Aunty Pilahi Paki: keeper of the secrets of Hawai’i Nei

[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.

Tulsi Gabbard said:

“People in the middle east, people everywhere, want peace. But unfortunately too many fail to recognize that that lasting peace can only be found with pluralistic secular government.

What is lacking in the world is “Aloha.” Now, Aloha is not just a word that means hello and goodbye. It’s a word with a deeper and far more powerful meaning. It’s a word that really means that you have a deep respect and love for others regardless of the color of our skin, where we come from, or the spiritual path that we may follow.

Whether we’re hindus, christians, atheists, buddhists, agnostic, or anything else, that we respect and love each other as brothers and sisters. This is the essence of Aloha.

When we have aloha for others, we will naturally come to respect that every individual has free will.”


In the following videos, Tulsi speaks about how the power of Aloha in Iraq helped her train Kuwait Army National Guards, and how it helped overcome cultural differences between her and Kuwait Army.

In her address to Kihei graduates, she said “We have a special gift here in Hawaiʻi, and that is aloha. Remember aloha always. Treat people with respect, kindness, and love. Know that you can disagree without being disagreeable, and find strength in living aloha. Stand up when you need to, and fight for what is right, fight for our people, and fight for our planet.”

In a recent email, Tulsi said “It is news like this that makes clear the need for a new movement for peace powered by the aloha spirit—the spirit of love and respect for all. ” This website is an answer to that call.

I encourage each of you to reflect on the aloha spirit and how you can strive to bring the principles into your life.

A L O H A !

Tulsi Gabbard on The Spirit of Aloha

We share a desire to see a world full of love and compassion, free from fear and bigotry. We understand that this change starts with ourselves. This is the spirit of aloha


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