Aloha. Say it with us now, ALOOOOHA! If you know a thing or two about the Hawaiian islands, or have had the chance to visit, then you have some sense of the wonderful word; Aloha. Some of the many translations are “hello” “goodbye” and “welcome”. The deeper meaning however, evokes a sense of great love, of peace and harmony, of complete acceptance. Close your eyes and imagine a beautiful Hawaiian Kumu (healer). You can imagine a she or a he, with long flowing hair, dressed in flowers and ti leaves. Now imagine that this Kumu says to you; “aloha”, with arms outstretched and heart wide open, with a big, gentle smile. This is the feeling or essence of the word, aloha.
Phonetically, aloha can be broken into two parts. “Alo” can be translated as “to be with” or “presence”. “Ha” is the Hawaiian syllable for “the breath of life”. When Alo and Ha are placed together, the meaning is “to be in the presence of the breath of life”. Aloha is to trust in the rise and fall of life. Aloha is to live harmoniously in the present moment. Aloha is to respect the land and its people, for the understanding is clear that we are all inter-connected. For those of us who are from or live in Hawaii, and count this blessing often, understand that Aloha is much more than one word. The Aloha Spirit is the guiding force in the islands, and the Hawaiian people are by nature welcoming, loving, accepting, and generous. The Aloha Spirit is similar to the spirit of Namaste, for all beings are recognized as sharing the same light, breathing the same breath of life.
Whether you choose to interact with our site for travel to Hawaii, Texas, or Chicago, we hope that you will always feel the Aloha Spirit here on your journey with OmStays. Our valued community members extend their homes and hospitality, share their love and friendships, offer their warmth and respect. With OMstays, you are always part of the family. We encourage you to follow your bliss. We hope that your bliss leads you to join, to become a part of our wonderful woven basket. We smile with the possibility that you may enjoy giving and receiving the OMstays spirit as much as we do. May you feel supported on your journey, and ride these glassy waves with ease. Let’s say it together one more time, ALOHA!
Now put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up…