Friday, April 1, 2011

The meaning of Aloha

Aloha is a word that means so much more than simply "hello" or "goodbye." The Hawaiian dictionary translates "aloha" as love, affection, compassion, mercy, sympathy, pity, kindness, grace, charity and beloved.

Daniel Kikawa states in his book Perpetuated in Righteousness that "aloha is the Hawaiian word for God's unconditional love; what the Greek Bible calls agape." In addition he says, "Aloha means literally, 'The Spirit of the Son of God.'"

So the next time you say or hear the word "aloha" think about its profound meaning. That is why we chose to give our book the title, Aloha is Forever.

What does "aloha" mean to you?


  1. Having lived in Spain for a while their hello is "Hola" your version of hello brought back memories to me,

    Have a good day.

  2. Thanks for your comment, Yvonne. Yes, we lived in Brazil for 30 years and their hello is "Ola." Good memories for you, I hope!


  3. Aloha! Nice to meet another Grandma blogger!

  4. I didn't know that it meant that. I just took it for granted that it was the Hawaiian greeting. That's really cool.

  5. I loved your comments. Just the sound of Aloha is like music to my ears.

  6. Thank you for the new spin on Aloha, I hope I can remember that. I always loved the Jewish, "Shalom" for the spiritual significance as well. I guess Good Day, really mean's God's Day, since Good is derived from God... good thought!

  7. Luana - Yes, there are a few of us around!

    TS - Thanks for your comment.

    Connie - Great to meet you.

    Inside Out - We love "Shalom" also. How we can bless others through our words whether it be Aloha, Shalom, Good Day or whatever.

    Have a good and blessed day, all of you who have visited my blog today. Tomorrow I talk about the Big Island.


Thank you for sharing your thoughts.