The Aloha Spirit is a reference to the friendly and caring attitude for which the people of the Hawaiian Islands are so well known. In Hawaiʻi someone can be said to have or show “Aloha” in the way they treat others. Aloha is the coordination of mind and heart within each person. It brings each person to the self. Each person must think and emote good feelings to others.
In the Hawaiian language, “Aloha” is much more than just a greeting or salutation. Its deeper meaning is “(oha) the joyful (alo) sharing (ha) of life energy (alo) in the present.” Aloha means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring. Aloha is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person.
Mino ‘aka is a Hawaiian word that means “to smile”. When one carries aloha in their heart it can be seen in the wrinkle of the eye and the comfortable way people wear a smile. It is something the Hawaiian people just naturally do, mino ‘aka. Smiling is the universal sign of happiness. Shaking hands, hugs and other gestures of greeting and friendship all have various meanings across cultures, but smiling is known around the world and in all cultures as a sign of happiness and acceptance… It enriches whoever receives it, without impoverishing the one who gives it.
Aloha Spirit is even a part of Hawaiian State Law as seen in the Revised Statutes [5-7.5]
In the contemplation and presence of the life force, “Aloha“, the following unuhi laula loa may be used:
A “Akahai“, meaning kindness to be expressed with tenderness;
L “Lōkahi“, meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony;
O “ʻOluʻolu” meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness;
H “Haʻahaʻa“, meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty;
A “Ahonui“, meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance.
These are traits of character that express the charm, warmth and sincerity of Hawaii’s people. It was the working philosophy of native Hawaiians and was presented as a gift to the people of Hawaiʻi.
(from Hawaii State Law: The Aloha Spirit. [L 1986, c 202, §1] , encoded in: Hawai`i Revised Statutes, [§5-7.5] ).
Smiling can improve your well being and physical health. Your body is more relaxed when you smile, which in turn helps improve the immune system and that contributes to better health… It costs nothing, but is worth much.
Your body has to work harder and use more muscles to frown than it does to smile. Scientists have discovered that there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure when you smile. Smiling is a great way to effectively help your body to perform better, to improve your health, your stress level, and smiling is just one fun way to live longer…No one is so rich or mighty that he can endure without it, and no one is so poor or miserable that he cannot be uplifted by it.
It’s easier to smile than to frown. The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Try smiling through the day — be more attractive , feel better and you’ll look younger… It is the light on a face that tells us someone is home.
Researchers are finding that wearing a smile brings certain benefits, like slowing down the heart and reducing stress. Stress can show up in our faces making us look tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. You feel better and release stress when you put on a smile….It gives hope to the discouraged, sunshine to the weary,and for a few precious moments it can ease the mightiest of burdens.
People can recognize smiles from up to 300 feet away, making it the most easily recognizable facial expression. Smiles can ease tension, signal approval and help create a bond with strangers… It is the closest distance between people.
Smiling people appear more attractive, sociable and they are more likely to be approached. Smiling makes you seem successful and confident and is a great way to make yourself stand out. People who smile are more likely to get a promotion… A smile brings joy to the home, creates good will at business, makes friendships flourish, and brightens the day of passing strangers.
A smiling person brings happiness with them, it is a representation of our affection and our openness to others.. Don’t let the world change your smile…let your smile change the world.
Smiling makes us attractive. We are drawn to people who smile. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away — but a smile draws them in. An unpleasant face can destroy another’s mood and why would we inflict our stress on others? …If ever you should meet someone who is too tired to give you a smile, please give them one of yours; for no one needs a smile more than the person who has none to give. And no one can be unhappy while sharing a smile.
Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood. Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together these three mood boosters make us feel good. Even when you force it, smiling is a natural trigger to change your mood for the better…A smile makes you twenty times prettier then a person with a frown.
When someone is smiling they change the mood of others, they lighten up the room and make things happier. Smiles are contagious. It’s not just a saying: smiling really is contagious… A smile travels quickly.
All of the photographs above were taken June 15 during the 2013 King Kamehameha Parade in Kailua-Kona. For a week afterward I was in a very pleasant mood and I would find myself smiling when I thought of the parade or while editing the photos. At first I thought it was because I had witnessed such a sincere outpouring of the aloha spirit, (that may have been part of it). What I realized later is that smiling is contagious. It really is, smiling is contagious. Have a wonderful day!
“Everybody wants a happy life and a peaceful mind, but we have to produce peace of mind through our own practice” Dalai Lama XIV