WORDS & IMAGE: KIMORA BROCK
This summer, before I headed off to LA, I was fortunate enough to take a trip to Hawai'i. It was a graduation gift from my mother and has been a dream of mine ever since I found out it was the land of my conception! Not only that, but in 6th grade I was invited to go with my friend and her family, but my mom didn't allow me because she "feared for my safety." (So she technically owed me!) My friend brought me back a towel with the islands of Hawai'i on it and it has hung on the wall in my room since, until it was finally packed away in preparation tohead to the islands.
The state of Hawai’i is a magical place and I somehow knew, even before I got there, that I wouldn't want to leave. Everyone should visit at least once in their life. With so much positive and relaxed energy, beautiful sights and delicious food, I found Hawai'i to be a place where the earth is in constant communication with its inhabitants should we choose to listen carefully. It was not the sheer beauty of the island, the summer romance I found, the food, or the nightlife that was the most important takeaway from the trip, it was the culture that captivated me. As written by Serge Kahili King in THE ALOHA SPIRIT a.k.a. The Little Pink Booklet of Aloha, "In the Hawaiian language, aloha stands for much more than just 'hello' or 'goodbye' or 'love.' Its deeper meaning is "the joyful (oha) sharing (alo) of life energy (ha) in the present (alo)." While attending a luau, or celebration, on the island of Oahu, “Aloha spirit” was described to me personally as the coordination of the heart and mind, as the glue that binds the island inhabitants together. Although the spirit may seem to be something outside of yourself, it actually brings you inside yourself by thinking and emoting good feelings towards others. The aloha spirit connects us in the shared mission of creating a loving and peaceful environment for all. Below are the basic building blocks of the aloha spirit.
A- akahai- kindness, to be expressed with tenderness
L- lokahi- unity, to be expressed with harmony
O- olo'olu- agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness
H- ha'aha'a- humility, to be expressed with modesty
A- ahonui- patience, to be expressed with perseverance
Love and light,