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The phenomenon called the Aloha Spirit inspired the naming of Aloha Tower, which has greeted vessels to port at Honolulu Harbor since September 11, 1926.

Aloha in the Hawaiian language means affection, love, peace, compassion and mercy. Since the middle of the 19th century, it also has come to be used as an English greeting to say goodbye and hello. Currently, it is mostly used in the sense of hello; however, it is used as the above.

It is also the state nickname of Hawaii, the "Aloha State".

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Etymology

The word aloha derives from the Proto-Polynesian root *alofa. It has descendents in other Polynesian languages, such as the Māori word aroha, also meaning "love."

A folk etymology claims that it derives from a compound of the Hawaiian words alo meaning "presence", "front", "face", or "share"; and ha, meaning "breath of life" or "essence of life." Although alo does indeed mean "presence" etc., the word for breath is spelled with a macron or kāhako over the a (hā) whereas the word aloha does not have a long a.

Usage

Before contact with the West, the words used for greeting were welina and anoai. Today, "aloha kakahiaka" is the phrase for "good morning." "Aloha ʻauinalā" means "good afternoon" and "aloha ahiahi" means "good evening." "Aloha kākou" is a common form of "welcome to all."

In modern Hawaiʻi, numerous businesses have aloha in their names, with more than 3 pages of listings in the Oʻahu phone book alone.

Trends

Recent trends are popularizing the term elsewhere in the United States. Popular entertainer, Broadway star and Hollywood actress Bette Midler, born in Honolulu, uses the greeting frequently in national appearances. The word was also used frequently in the hit television drama Hawaii Five-O. In the influential 1982 film comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High, the eccentric teacher Mr. Hand makes use of the greeting. The Aloha Spirit is a major concept in Lilo and Stitch, a very popular Disney series of movies and TV shows, set in Hawaiʻi. The drama series Lost, shot in Hawaiʻi, has a thank you note at the end of the credits saying "We thank the people of Hawaiʻi and their Aloha Spirit". Aloha is a term also used in the Nickelodeon program Rocket Power.

Arguably the most famous historical Hawaiian song, "Aloha ʻOe" was written by the last queen of Hawaii, Liliʻuokalani.

The term inspired the name of the ALOHA Protocol introduced in the 1970s by the University of Hawaii.

In Hawaii someone can be said to have or show aloha in the way they treat others; whether family, friend, neighbor or stranger.

See also

References

External links

(Aloha Art)

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[[File:|thumb|250px|The phenomenon called the Aloha Spirit inspired the naming of Aloha Tower, which has greeted vessels to port at Honolulu Harbor since September 11, 1926.]]

Aloha in the Hawaiian language means affection, love, peace, compassion and mercy. Since the middle of the 19th century, it also has come to be used as an English greeting to say [goodbye] and hello. Currently, it is mostly used in the sense of hello; however, it is used as the above.

It is also the state nickname of Hawaii, the "Aloha State".

Contents

Etymology

The word aloha derives from the Proto-Polynesian root *qalofa.[1] It has cognates in other Polynesian languages, such as Samoan alofa and Māori aroha, also meaning "love."

A folk etymology claims that it derives from a compound of the Hawaiian words alo meaning "presence", "front", "face", or "share"; and ha, meaning "breath of life" or "essence of life." Although alo does indeed mean "presence" etc., the word for breath is spelled with a macron or kahakō over the a (hā) whereas the word aloha does not have a long a.

Usage

Before contact with the West, the words used for greeting were welina and anoai. Today, "aloha kakahiaka" is the phrase for "good morning." "Aloha ʻauinalā" means "good afternoon" and "aloha ahiahi" means "good evening." "Aloha kākou" is a common form of "welcome to all."

In modern Hawaiʻi, numerous businesses have aloha in their names, with more than 3 pages of listings in the Oʻahu phone book alone.

Trends

Recent trends are popularizing the term elsewhere in the United States. Popular entertainer, Broadway star and Hollywood actress Bette Midler, born in Honolulu, uses the greeting frequently in national appearances. The word was also used frequently in the hit television drama Hawaii Five-O. In the influential 1982 film comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High, the eccentric teacher Mr. Hand makes use of the greeting. The Aloha Spirit is a major concept in Lilo and Stitch, a very popular Disney series of movies and TV shows, set in Hawaiʻi. The drama series Lost, shot in Hawaiʻi, has a thank you note at the end of the credits saying "We thank the people of Hawaiʻi and their Aloha Spirit". Aloha is a term also used in the Nickelodeon program Rocket Power.

Arguably the most famous historical Hawaiian song, "Aloha ʻOe" was written by the last queen of Hawaii, Liliʻuokalani.

The term inspired the name of the ALOHA Protocol introduced in the 1970s by the University of Hawaii.

In Hawaii someone can be said to have or show aloha in the way they treat others; whether family, friend, neighbor or stranger.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Biggs, Bruce, 1979. Proto-Polynesian Word List II. Working Papers in Anthropology, Archaeology, linguistics, and Maori Studies No. 53. Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland.

Bibliography


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Aloha is a city in Oregon, under ten miles to the west of Portland (Oregon).

Understand

Aloha is one of the most under-respected cities in Oregon. Alohans have an attitude that most just do not understand. This is shown by the fact that the town is unincorporated, despite its size. Alohans do not want to deal with any more government than necessary. Schools are funded by the districts of neighboring cities Beaverton and Hillsboro. Fire and police services are provided by the county. Part of the mistrust of city governments comes from the neighboring communities. Beaverton and Hillsboro have been at war for decades over who can annex the most land in the smallest amount of time. Aloha, being sandwiched between the two, has become a prime target. Since it is unincorporated, the residents of Aloha will not get to vote on annexation, although the State of Oregon currently has a protection in place against possible takeover.

Get in

Fly into Portland International Airport (PDX). Then hop on the lightrail, MAX, to either Willow Creek or Quatama / SW 206th Ave. stations. You will be required to change trains, from the Red Line to the Blue Line. This can be done at any station in downtown Portland.

Get around

The easiest way to get around Aloha is by car. However, Tri-Met also makes traveling within Aloha, and the rest of the Portland area, quite easy and affordable, although occasionally time consuming. Buses run throughout Aloha and connect to MAX stops.

  • Harvey the Rabbit. Harvey is a large rabbit that graces the side of S.W. Tualatin Valley Highway. He will often be seen holding something festive, for example, a Christmas tree in December.
  • Jenkins Estate. A refurbished farm, the Jenkins Estate boasts a log cabin and beautiful Rhododendron Gardens with fantastic views of the Tualatin Valley.
  • The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club, 4805 SW 229th St., [1]. One of the finest golf courses in the world, The Reserve boasts two courses (one public, one private), first class facilities, and occasional major tournaments.
  • Cooper Mountain vineyards No visit to Aloha is complete without a trip to several wineries.
  • Costco. Here you can buy large quantities for low prices.
  • Goodwill. One man's trash is another man's treasure. Goodwill is one of the largest second-hand store chains in the nation.
  • Big Lots! Check out Big Lots! for great deals on anything you can think of.
  • Lupe's Escape. A casual atmosphere with great Mexican food.
  • Nonna Emelia's Ristorante Italiano. The best Italian food on the West Side.
  • Shangri-La. A traditional Chinese restaurant, Shangri-La boasts some of the finest cuisine in Aloha.
  • Toshi's. A small Japanese restaurant, Toshi's serves both sushi and cooked food.
  • Wu's Open Kitchen. Watch the chef's prepare your meal.
  • Reedville Cafe. A local favorite, the Reedville Cafe has been a landmark of Aloha for years, since its humble beginnings as "The Shack."
  • Blue Moon Diner. Love malts? Check out this '50's flashback restaurant.
  • Reo's Ribs. For barbecue any time of year, Reo's Ribs is the place. The owner is Snoop Dogg's cousin.
  • Coffee Rush. Among the best cups of coffee you will ever have, this humble drive-up shop uses only the finest ingredients.
  • Dr. Feelgood's Pub. A typical, laid-back neighborhood bar.
  • Top Notch Tavern. Located in the heart of Aloha, this tavern is a landmark.
  • Best Inn & Suites, 3333 SW 198th St., tel: (503) 642-4531, [2]. AAA approved, this hotel offers nice rooms at reasonable prices. It is located across the street from the "Fab 5" Intel campus, so it is convenient for those traveling to do business with the microelectronics giant.
  • West. Take Highway 8 (Tualatin Valley Highway). This will take you to the cities of Hillsboro and Forest Grove, the home of Pacific University. North of Forest Grove is Banks. Banks is known for fantastic golfing, specifically at Quail Valley and Pumpkin Ridge. West of Forest Grove, after a few wineries, is the Oregon Coast Range. The Oregon Coast Range is a haven for outdoorsman; it has fantastic hiking, camping, and fishing. Further west is the Oregon Coast. From Aloha, it is very easy to get to the coastal towns of Tillamook, Lincoln City, and Cannon Beach.
  • South. Head South on Grabhorn Road to farm country. Here you can explore Tileflat Treasures and tour fantastic wineries.
  • East. Beaverton is a nice city with lots of parks. Past Beaverton, is Portland, the largest city in Oregon. Beyond Portland is the Cascade Mountains, the most famous of which is Mount Hood. There is also fantastic windsurfing in the Columbia River Gorge.
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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also aloha

Contents

Hawaiian

Etymology

aloha (love). Also short for compound names containing the word aloha.

Proper noun

Aloha

  1. A female given name.
  2. (less common) A male given name.

Usage notes

  • Much more popular in the form Kealoha.

References

  • Hawaii State Archives: Marriage records The name does not occur in 19th century marriage records. Early examples:
    Aloha Kapiko (woman), married in 1911 Maui
    Aloha Kaialau (woman) , married in 1915 Honolulu

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