Wednesday, November 14, 2012

aloha state of mind


"Aloha is a word in the Hawaiian language that has numerous meanings both as a single word and when used in context with other words. The most common uses are as a greeting, farewell or a salutation. Aloha is also commonly used to mean love. It can also be used to express compassion, regret or sympathy.  Aloha (and mahalo) are ineffable, indescribable, and undefinable with words alone; to be understood, they must be experienced. Deeper meaning and sacredness is hinted at by the root words of these words. Linguists differ in their opinions as to the exact meanings and origins, but this is what was told to me by my kupuna (elder): "On a spiritual level, aloha is an invocation of the Divine and mahalo is a Divine blessing. Both are acknowledgments of the Divinity that dwells within and without:  Aloha [Alo = presence, front, face] + [hā = breath] 'The presence of (Divine) Breath.'"" 




Dress: Francesca's Collections | Shoes: Nine West


Jared and I had this little photo shoot at Aloha Tower about a year ago. The tower is one of my favorite landmarks on the island. The word "ALOHA" sits so boldly on it.

It's hard to describe aloha to someone who has never lived here. I definitely didn't understand or embrace the meaning of it at the beginning of our lives here. It's much more than a word. It's something that you can feel. The closest thing that I have to compare it to is southern hospitality, although nothing beats that of course. ;)

What about you? Is there some kind of spirit that your community embraces?

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16 comments:

Tarole said...

Love the photo shoot! Such a beautiful couple :)

Xoxo

Meghan said...

Your photos are simply gorgeous! I am going to Hawaii for the first time in December, so I am happy to know the true roots of "Aloha"! Thanks:)

frikken DUCKIE said...

You look gorgeous!

I miss home so much!

♥ Duckie.

Kate said...

What a beautiful word, and beautiful photos!

Jennifer said...

These photos are beautiful!

Sooji - Glam Mania said...

What a beautiful meaning behind the work "Aloha~" and it sounds so pretty too! btw gorgeous pictures!! <3

xoxo
Sooji
Glam Mania

Sooji - Glam Mania said...

oops an error, I meant "word" :)

Michelle said...

I love the photo shoot and how Aloha sits behind you two. :)

Just Another Shopaholic said...

What stunning photos!!

Juliette said...

Aww you're too pretty!
I'm dying to visit Hawaï sooo bad!

Tanvi said...

Lovely photo shoot. You guys look good :)

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Helene said...

wow so gorgeous! i wish i could think of a word like aloha, but I can't- that is so neat!

Helene in Between

XxxLoveIsBeautyxxX said...

great photos! would you like to follow each other? let me know!

THE mom said...

I love that very first picture! Aloha...what a great word :-) It makes me smile everytime I hear it or say it. I of course don't hear it very often here in Texas, but I do try to say it whenever I can.
I do miss the "feeling" of aloha in Hawaii. I feel it differently here...I am hoping to teach the Hawaii feeling to my husband and my boys.

CoastWithMe said...

Such beautiful pictures:)!

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