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70 thoughts on “The Aloha Spirit In Hawaii Gone Missing”

  1. We have brought up this point before, you reap what you sow. We are annual visitors to Kauai and always feel so welcome. This past November I started playing pickleball with the group in Hanapepe and met the most amazing people. One of them went out of her way to help me with a quest of finding something appropriate to bring back to a sick friend, which also included a blessing by a traditional healer. It was an experience that brought me to tears. She told me she meets visitors all the time, but could tell I was different. Yes, I am different, I am respectful of the people and land and I try to live Aloha on the mainland too. Moral of the story, bring your Aloha with you to receive it in return.

  2. I lived in Hawaii 14 years and truly miss the Aloha of the local people. When I moved back to the mainland 5 years ago I found it shocking to live in a place where there’s no Aloha it doesn’t seem to exist in the heart of the mainland people. My heart has been so sad! So I share the love of living the aloha way everyday of my life. Spreading as much aloha with everyone I come in touch with. My Hawaiian name is Kealohapaū`ole (love that never ends). If your fortunate to befriend a local family that Hanai’s (adopts) you into their O’hana (family) & receive the gift of a Hawaiian name is truly the best gift you will ever receive.

    1. There is even aloha on the mainland, if you look for it. I find it mainly in the US South. Warm, friendly, helpful people. Also many places in Europe, like Italy and Portugal. Also the Bahamas, Puerto Vallarta, Spain, Malta. Aloha can be spread and received all over the planet. It’s not just a Hawaiian concept, it’s a human concept.

    2. Personally, I grew up in Europe and enjoyed living in the South of France for 12 years before ending up in Washington, DC which is a beautiful city. However, the moment I arrived in Honolulu in 1989 with my (now ex) husband, there was something magical about this place. We also visited Kauai, the Big Island and Molokai. I cried when we left and my husband asked why (he became an ex 12 years ago!). He tried to convince me that there are similar places closer to DC and Europe (he was born in Spain) and I remember asking him in the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Bahamas, Mexico, Puerto Rico & so on, if he thought this was Hawaii and he admitted that none of them even came close. I even tried to create Hawaii in my back-yard, but I now live in Maui!

  3. Congratulation, Ben, if you are surrounded by people who are kind, tender, harmonious, agreeable, pleasant, patient and have humility. There are certainly people who embody the Aloha spirit, especially in Hawaii, but saying that we live in a peaceful world keeping the earth green and healthy tells me that you live in a bubble.

  4. A: Aina. The land is our foundation, our rock-literally and figuratively. Enjoy it, learn from it and about it, and respect the customs, laws, and rules. Visit the museums and the mountains both; stand on the beach at sunset and watch the power and beauty of the ocean as the moon rises and the stars emerge. L: Life is precious; it is shared and from it we learn. When you’re lucky enough to meet someone who has information to share, experiences to describe (positive or negative), a Kupuna with stories of the old days, or a child playing on the beach in the sand–take a mental snapshot and add it to your life’s photo album. Your album will be priceless and a part of you, no matter where you live or travel. O>H>A> will follow soon no more room

  5. Some visitors from the mainland doesn’t even know the meaning of respect. If you want the aloha spirit then practice respect to the Hawaiian culture and traditions. Lately there visitors are downright unruly, rude and ignores rules of the Islands.

    1. There are more rude people lately on the islands, also. We tend to have tunnel vision here.

      Aloha is a universal concept. It is respect for the land, being kind to others, and cultural awareness, wherever you go. It has to do with how you are raised, and how you were taught how to live in harmony with nature and all the living creatures around you.

  6. More people, more crowded, the more Aloha is needed. Not only in Hawai’i but the rest of a growing world population and shrinking land. More understanding, sharing and cooperation is needed in a changing world like this. But, try to preserve what you have now, before it’s all gone.

  7. When we lived on Oahu, the commute was from Mililani to downtown Honolulu… a long, slow slog. But it was made bearable because all the commuters drove with Aloha. I don’t remember even one negative traffic incident. Quite remarkable! I hope that continues.

    1. Jasmine, I think it might be helpful to find someone who can better explain to the general public what this petition is for ..?

  8. Here is the good, great, fantastic news: Just about every positive value people think of in terms of ‘Aloha’ is present all over the mainland, and also just about everywhere even reasonably peaceful on the face of this earth. Look at each adjective in your list…and think…..are these things really absent in, say, most of California? Chicago? The Netherlands? And so on?

    Most people are nice. Most people are honest. Lost valuables get returned, and there are many, many people all across the globe who want to, and are able to, keep the natural world green and healthy. Yes…problems too… Yes, in Hawaii as well.

    Different words for ‘Aloha’ maybe. But plenty of good people, and good earth all over.

  9. Aloha, visitors I talk to now are always curious about what it was like on Kaua’i during COVID. I always say that here we took to masking up as Showing our Aloha by masking. I mask up for you so please mask up me. Aloha is the Hawaiian version of the Golden rule that most westerners are most familiar with.
    One must slow down from the rat race, whether on the mainland or here, to recognize, receive, and give Aloha. Lucky live Kaua’i.

    1. The Golden Rule – good analogy.👍🏼 The Golden Rule coupled with environmental awareness and appreciation.


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