ALO= to be in the presence of, face to face, to join, to combine with.  HA= the essence, the life, the breath of life.  In the end Aloha means relationships: face-to-face, the birthing of life-fullness within those relationships.  Which leads me to wonder about those in Hawaii who don’t seem to have relationships which give them life: the homeless.


Behind my “Hawaiian Memories” piece entitled “Aloha, Luau, Ohana, Hale” was my wondering about the state of the homeless in Hawaiʻi; the divorce between the Hawaiian concept of “belonging” and the “dispossessed”.  On every one of my five trips to Hawaiʻi the homeless seemed to be everywhere: sleeping on tables in parks, tents so abundant on streets that one had to step into the road to get around them, crazed and ragged individuals at bus stops who did not call to mind…

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