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 'Oe—I Love You
Aloha Nui Loa—All my love
Aloha Pumehana—Warm 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.
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.
Mahalo Nui Loa (Thank you very much) for visiting, and Aloha `oe!(Farewell to you)
The Hawaiian Island Detective Club
Book One—Pineapples in Peril
Book Two—Menehunes Missing
Book Three—Ukuleles Undercover
RELEASES August 14, 2013