That Cheezy movie line "You had me at Hello" is very true for visitors to Hawaii...only with Hawaii, it's "You had me at Aloha". New visitors are often enchanted by this destination. They immediately sense that life is different here but few look beyond the surface.
Most tourists are greeted the moment they arrive at the airport with a warm "ALOHA" from the locals. Hawaiians use this word interchangeably in many different ways. Not only do they use it to say hello, but they also say it as a farewell. It is also an expression of love too.
Visitors soon find themselves caught up in the conversation using the word Aloha, imersing themselves in the culture. Few realize the meaning of Aloha and that it's simply not simply an all purpose Hawaiian word. Hawaiians believe ALOHA is a way of life. They refer to is as the Aloha Way or the Spirit of Aloha.
If you grammatically break down the word..
alo - sharing in the present
ha - breath of Life
Basically it means the joy of sharing life.
Actually the word ALOHA is an anagram the outlines principles for life. It outlines a code of behavior, ethics and rules of life for Hawaiians...
A - Akahai, Kindness & Caring
L- lokahi, harmony & unity
O- oia'i'o, truthful & agreeable
H- ha'aha'a, humility & modesty
A- ahonui, patient & perseverance
For this reason, it's obvious to understand why Hawaii is so very popular as a Destination Wedding spot. Living these principles is certainly an outline for a happy marriage. Often individual family members are given the assignment of being guardian for each of the letters in the word Aloha. Family, known as Ohana in Hawaiian is one of the most important parts of their culture. Ohana is the foundation of the Aloha Spirit.
Another although admittedly a far less romantic reason why Aloha is
important to Hawaiians is that in 1986 the Honolulu city government created the Aloha spirit Law. Basically it's a guideline for all employees to to express the Aloha spirit to all with no obligation of any return.
Aloha is a way of life for Hawaiians. It is also the reason why so many visitors immediately feel connected to these beautiful Islands.