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Aloha Spirit - It's the Law!

Well, not exactly, but the definition of aloha spirit and guidance for public officials to remember this philosophy when performing their duties is contained in the Hawaii Revised Statutes (State Law): [5-7.5] "Aloha Spirit"

It's not the same kind of "law" as those which make it illegal to rob a bank or steal a car, rather it serves as a reminder of the thread of life that binds all of us and also connects us with the past generations and future generations.  It reminds us to consider the other person and try to put ourselves in their place and understand from their perspective.  "Breaking" this law carries no obvious penalty such as a fine or being put in jail.  Forgetting it does have consequences, the least of which is that things just won't work as well as they do when we remember it!  It is similar to the Golden Rule, though not exactly the same in usage.  Like the Golden Rule, though, Aloha Spirit can change the world.



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[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]             [Return to Top of Page]

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