Thursday, March 18, 2010
Spirit of aloha
I don't know if this vacation on Kauai will prove curative, but so far it's certainly been a salve to a parched soul. I'll reserve the use of the term "paradise" for an even better place I've heard about, but this little island is special. We are staying in a B&B that is filled with aloha spirit. The hosts are wonderful. I discovered today that "aloha" means not only hello and goodby, but that in it's original meaning it's also a blessing: "The spirit of the one true God be with you." It can be used in a similar fashion to how the Hebrews used "shalom." What a contrast to the rowdy "alooooha!" yelled at tourist luaus. So the next time someone greets you gently with "Aloha," think about the blessing that is being poured upon you. Ellen and I feel that it's been poured upon us this week.