aloha Spirit Law

The aloha spirit law, was championed and voiced by the respected Maui elder Aunty Pîlahi Pâkî. She was a akupuna (an elder); kanaka makua, sage, and a Hawaiian linguist. In 1970 she introduced modern Hawai‘i to a deeper understanding of aloha, at a Governor’s conference.

While the word law sounds very strict. Breaking aloha spirit law, will not actually get you into trouble. Its main purpose is to serve as a reminder to government officials of aloha, as they perform their duties. So that they treat the people with deep care and respect. Just like their ancestors did.

The aloha spirit law is more of a lesson in life, than an actual law. By applying this lesson to real life, government officials can also contribute to a better world. A world that is filled with aloha.


Chapter 5 of Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes

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 laulā loa may be used:

"Akahai", meaning kindness to be expressed with tenderness

"Lōkahi", meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony

Oluʻolu" meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness

"Haʻahaʻa", 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 Hawaiʻi. ''aloha'' is more than a word of greeting or farewell or a salutation. It means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return.

It 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".


The keepers of aloha!

She also believed that the Hawaiian people (Kānaka Maoli) are the keepers and children of aloha. Aunty Pâkî would also task several of her students to be prepared for the future, when the world would fall into collapse.

The Hawaiian people have led a peaceful, non-violent independence movement. That has struggled for over 124 years to restore the Hawaiian Nation. While its people have lived in peaceful coexistence with the U.S. federal government, and the State of Hawai'i.

Wide Garcia's presentation of the aloha spirit law, September 6, 2018, at Wailuku Public Library, Maui, Hawaii