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Aloha Spirit within Kihei Canoe Club

Many of our visitors enjoy paddling with us on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  We often hear or get email saying they loved the Aloha shown by our club members, their experience was the highlight of their trip to Maui, or they can hardly wait to return to paddle again.  But while we get lots of compliments, it's the Aloha Spirit shown by our members that is common to all visitor comments.

So what is Aloha Spirit?  Well, it's defined in the Hawaii Revised Statues of our state.  Here's what it says:

[§5-7.5]  "Aloha Spirit".  (a)  "Aloha Spirit" 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 contemplation and presence of the life force, "Aloha", the following unuhi laula loa may be used:


     "Akahai", meaning kindness to be expressed with tenderness;

     "Lokahi", meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony;

     "Oluolu", meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness;

     "Haahaa", meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty;

     "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 Hawaii.  "Aloha" is more than a word of greeting or farewell or a salutation.  "Aloha" means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return.  "Aloha" is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence.  "Aloha" means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen and to know the unknowable.

     (b)  In exercising their power on behalf of the people and in fulfillment of their responsibilities, obligations and service to the people, the legislature, governor, lieutenant governor, executive officers of each department, the chief justice, associate justices, and judges of the appellate, circuit, and district courts may contemplate and reside with the life force and give consideration to the "Aloha Spirit". [L 1986, c 202, §1]

If you are a member of our club and have not come to Visitor Paddle, you are missing a real opportunity to see the joy that paddling brings to visitors faces. Remember that first feeling of excitement when you started paddling?  At Visitor Paddle, you can experience it again.


So come to the club on any Tuesday or Thursday at 7:30am to meet the visitors and paddle. Share the joy and your Aloha Spirit!   


Mahalo to all the members who support our programs and unite our club in the Aloha Spirit!


PS.  You might also enjoy reading:  The Spirit of Aloha

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