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September 30, 2013

Think About It: Aloha… Oy

Many people now consider their cell phones to be a bodily appendage. They simply cannot function without it, or so they think. Often times, people use the devices to excess - while walking across the street, driving, standing in a public line, dining with other people, or sitting at a meeting. Sometimes I wish people would take this (show cell phone) and toss it aside, and spend more time with this (show ALOHA sheet).

It's a simple piece that transcends communication electronically- it's a sheet that has the acronym ALOHA with each letter spelled out and defined by Auntie Pilahi Paki, and is now part of Hawai'i state law. Akahai, Lokahi, Olu'olu, Ha'aha'a, and Ahonui. The first letter of each word combined spells out "aloha", and each Hawaiian word on the sheet has a free translation that defines the word in English- kindness, unity, gentleness, humility, patience with perseverance- all traits which we are in danger of losing if we focus too much of our time wasted away in electronic minutiae, "ainokea", and stirring up pilikia.

I would never suggest that we completely abandon our cell phones or iPads- they do have a purpose- but I am suggesting that we have such a special combination of brains, heart, and soul here base largely on a principle of aloha and including "ha", the breath of life, that we should take care not to lose through the growing addiction to being technically connected. A little more time spent with this (show sheet) and not this (show phone) would really be healthy for everyone. So don't just text or talk about aloha on this (show phone); live it with every breath you take as you look people in the eye day in and day out. Think about it…

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