There is obviously something magical about the Hawaiian islands. The weather is perfect, the water is beautiful and most often if you are visiting Hawaii, you are on vacation :). But every time I have been to Hawaii, I truly feel there is something beyond the beauty of the landscape. There is something magnetic about the people and the energy they have.
As I write this, I am looking over the beautiful blue Hawaiian water and I am reminded of when I was in Maui a few years ago. Scott, my father-in-law and I decided to take a surf lesson with a Hawaiian guide. Since we weren’t great on the board… we ended up with a lot of time sitting in the water with him.
This was when I first learned that Aloha is much more than saying hello or goodbye, it is a way of life. According to Barbara Santos, Practice Aloha co-author, “The people who ‘practice Aloha’ offer whatever they can—help, appreciation, expertise, or time—with no expectations. They do it as effortlessly as breathing and they keep doing it because it just feels so good to do the right thing.” People who practice Aloha act with love and respect for all other people. They enjoy life simply and savor moments that are shared with others while appreciating the beauty of their surroundings. Now that’s a way to live!
So now it makes much more sense that there is a radiating energy here. People live for one another and find fulfillment in simple things. I feel inspired by the beauty of the meaning of Practicing Aloha and hope to walk away from this trip with more than just a suntan but with a larger appreciation for those around me and the beauty that surrounds us all.
Aloha and Mahalo!