Friday’s with Manny


Aloha from Kauai

In Hawaii, one is greeted with “Aloha”, which means “with love”. It is the only language I am aware of that greets someone with love. We just returned from a ten day vacation to Kauai. Though I have been in Hawaii many times, this was the first time I learned the true meaning of the word Aloha.

A stands for AKAHAI, meaning kindness, to be expressed with tenderness.

L stands for LOKAHI, meaning unit, to be expressed with harmony.

O stands for ‘OLU’OLU, meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness.

H stands for HA’AHA’A, meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty.

A stands for AHONUI, meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance.

I learned it from Pilahi Paki, a Hawaiian poet, philosopher, linguist, educator, spiritual guide, songwriter, and author.

The national flower of Hawaii is a hibiscus. At one time they were considered endangered; however, today there are over thirty new species. I am sharing with you three samples of the flowers.

Love is one of my favorite words, this is why I just published my new poetry-photo book “42 Encounters with Love”, which is going to be available in January. Available for pre-order on Monday!

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