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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

You Say Goodbye, I Say . . .



Aloha! In Hawaii, Aloha means both hello and goodbye. I am greeting you, so in this case it means hello.

Here are a few extended “alohas”:

Aloha kakahiaka—Good morning
Aloha `auinala—Good afternooon
Aloha ahiahi—Good evening

Aloha also means love.

Aloha Au Ia 'OeI Love You
Aloha Nui LoaAll my love
Aloha PumehanaWarm love, affection

So, how do you know what someone means when they use the word, aloha? It’s all in the context. I greeted you with a warm hello, just like you might be greeted by friends at the airport in Hawaii.

Also in Hawaii, there’s something called the aloha spirit—filled with love. You’ll experience this when you visit the islands.

Today (Thursday the 19th) I am filled with the aloha spirit for family and friends—it’s my birthday, and I am excited to celebrate another year! Check out my photos and you’ll see I’m not going to let the growing number of years get the best of me! See me climb a rock wall and go down a zip-line, both for the first time! Maybe I’ll even post videos of my attempt at wakeboarding and my indoor soccer experiences. Haven’t done any surfing lately—but I did when I lived in Hawaii.

Before I go, there’s another word used on the islands on a regular basis, although maybe not as familiar to you as aloha. The word is Mahalo, which means thank you.

Are you ready to continue this adventure with me, exploring a little history, geography, geology, arts, and food of the islands? Come back regularly and soak up tidbits of Hawaiian culture.  You’ll soon discover why I chose to base my mysteries in the islands. I’m excited to find out what I’m going to share on Monday—it’ll be a surprise for me too!

Mahalo Nui Loa (Thank you very much) for visiting, and Aloha `oe! (Farewell to you)

--Cheryl

7 comments:

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Cheryl! Have a piece of guava cake and enjoy, enjoy!

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  2. Happy Birthday! Hope its filled with love, laughter, and hugs!

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  3. I learned something cool at a Mexican restaurant tonight. My waiter told me to spell "socks" and by doing that I had said in Spanish "that's the way it is."

    I told him he needed to write a book on short cuts to Spanish!

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  4. Thanks, everyone, for the well wishes!

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  5. Hope your birthday was great! Your blog is so unique... it'll stand out in the overwhelming sea of blogs on the internet! I was in Hawaii years and years ago when my first husband was on R&R from Vietnam. I remember loving it. I'm looking forward to learning more. Being in Alaska, I know lots of folks love to vacation in Hawaii to get away from these miserable winters. I also think some Hawaiians have migrated over this way (what? they love below zero temps?! :-) ) Blessings, Deb

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  6. Thanks, Deborah!

    Hopefully you (and your friends?) will enjoy everything that comes up in my blog. I'll be posting again late tonight, so the east coasters will have it in the AM!! Otherwise, by the time I'm up and moving, half the day for them is gone! Thanks for following!

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I love hearing from my readers! Mahalo for visiting and commenting. Aloha! --Cheryl