Aloha is not just a beautiful word that means ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’, for us it is more of a spiritual way of being, a lifestyle.
The word Aloha or shooting someone a Shaka is the same thing. A Shaka is sign language for the word Aloha. Here is a detailed explanation of our interpretation . . .
This is our own interpretation of what Aloha means. you will often hear people ask “What does Aloha mean to you? ” To most Aloha simply means ‘hello’ and ‘Goodbye’, but for many in the islands it means much more.
When broken down, the literal translation of the phrase translates to [Alo] meaning ‘presence’ and [Hā] meaning ‘breath.’ Together the word aloha translates to ‘The presence of breath’ or ‘breath of life.’
There are no words to describe the meaning of aloha as there is more to the spirit of the word. Legend says the spirit behind aloha was taught to the Hawaiian children long ago as a way of life embodied in the following acronym:
A: “Akahai,” meaning kindness, to be expressed with tenderness
L: “Lokahi,” meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony
O: “Oluolu,” meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness
H: “Haahaa,” meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty
A: “Ahonui,” meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance