”Aloha” Is commonly recognised by English speaking people as the greeting ‘hello’. It is also a word used when parting, in place of goodbye. From the point of view of an English speaker, it may seem strange to use the same word for both situations. We have ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ and these two different words mark our sense of a beginning and end to an encounter with a separate person.
In Hawaiian culture, people recognise that everything and everyone is connected. The word they use to greet and depart is the same word that describes love. To hawaiians, everything is love and everything is connected.
Although Aloha is used to say hello, goodbye and to show love, I can’t define the word in a simple sentence. Aloha is more than a word. It encompasses so much of the hawaiian culture, teachings and spirit that to understand Aloha, you must study and learn about Aloha.