Sunday, June 12, 2005

Aloha defined in Hawaii to English dictionary

When I am challenged with new words I need to find out what they mean, even if teh language is totally unknown to me. Before Rosa Say's book Management with Aloha, this term gave me images of rich tourists welcomed on palm beaches with flower garlands around their necks. After all, Hawaii is very far from Denmark!

I found an online dictionary that helped me find more about how to interpretate the so-called Aloha spirit, and below I'll copy & paste all that. Just to save it and read again soon! For now, it is far too much as I need to get back to work.

[Hawaiian Dictionary(Hwn to Eng)] aloha

nvt., nvs. Aloha, love, affection, compassion, mercy, sympathy, pity, kindness, sentiment, grace, charity; greeting, salutation, regards; sweetheart, lover, loved one; beloved, loving, kind, compassionate, charitable, lovable; to love, be fond of; to show kindness, mercy, pity, charity, affection; to venerate; to remember with affection; to greet, hail. Greetings! Hello! Good-by! Farewell! Alas! The common greetings follow: Aloha ʻoe, may you be loved or greeted, greetings (to one person). Aloha kāua, may there be friendship or love between us, greetings (to one person); dear Sir. Aloha kākou, same as above, but to more than one person. Ke aloha nō! Aloha! Greetings! (The nō may be prolonged for emphasis.) (Gram. 4.6) The following greetings were introduced after European times; Aloha ahiahi, good evening. Aloha kakahiaka, good morning. Cf. aloha ʻāina, hanaaloha. Aloha aliʻi, royalist, royal love. Aloha ʻino! What a pity! Alas! [Expression of regret, either great or small.] Aloha akua, love of god; divine love, pity, charity. Mea aloha, loved one, beloved. Aloha makua, considerate and thoughtful of parents and elders, filial. Aloha ʻia, beloved, pitied. Aloha pumehana, warm aloha, affection. Me ke aloha o Ka-wena, with the love (or greeting) of Ka-wena. ʻO wau iho nō me ke aloha, I remain, with very best regards. Aloha ʻoe, ē Maria, ua piha ʻoe i ka maikaʻi, hail, Mary, full of grace. Ē Maria hemolele, e aloha mai ʻoe iā mākou, Holy Mary, have mercy on us. Aloha aʻe ana mākou i ke ehu wāwae o ka lani (chant for Ka-lā-kaua), we remember fondly the footprints of the king. E aloha aku au i ka mea aʻu e manaʻo ai e aloha aku (Puk. 33.19), I show mercy tothose I want to show mercy to. Aloha nō ia mau lā o nā makahiki he kanalima i kūnewa akula! Affectionate [memories] of these days of fifty years past! hō.aloha Rare var. of hoʻālohaloha. Cf. hoaloha. (PPN ʻalofa.)


Rosa Say said...

Aloha Susanne,

If I may, I'd like to share with you my translation of aloha:

Aloha can be literally translated as “the breath of pure life within you”. A person’s alo (ah-lo) is their presence (both spiritual and as demeanor), and their ha (hah) is their breath while it is still pure, meaning it has not yet been exhaled and mingled with anything else. Therefore, the meaning of aloha is “being in the presence of life’s pure spirit,” and it is a sharing which is therefore thought of as the outpouring and receiving of a person’s innermost being. It serves as a greeting both hello and goodbye because it means we have connected no matter the occasion, and we have connected in trust that we honor each other’s lives.

I invite you and your readers to visit for more definitions of the Hawaiian values I frequently mention.

SusNyrop said...

dear Rosa,

thank you for visiting my blog and for giving a much better definition in your own words. I'm toatally overwhealmed by all this interesting but unfamiliar life philosophy and just wanted to see a more neutral definition, but I admit this longish dictionary explanation made me even more confused and puzzled.

There's no way round except getting your book some day soon, and to start reading it once or twice... I'm on a journey, a mind travel. And as usual I need some breaks.