Aloha 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.
It is this concept more than any other that distinguishes the Hawaiian culture. It also allows an outrigger canoe club and its members to grow and thrive. Oceanside Outrigger embraces the Spirit of Aloha as a way to intertwine the cultural history and spirit of Outrigger Canoeing with today’s club members. We believe that by embracing, living, training with and respecting the Spirit of Aloha, members of OOCC and their families are guaranteed a welcoming and comfortable place to join, participate, workout and race.
In the beginning A (pronounced “ahh”), the eternal light giver created Namaka O Kahai (the great power of the sea). But A saw the seas were alone, so he freed Pele. Pele created the lands and, even now, she constantly renews them. The people who found the islands of Hawai’i hailed it as a place of blessed “alo” or “aloha” meaning “in the presence of A”. Life in old Hawai’i was a spiritual experience. There was aloha everywhere; in the people, plants, animals, rocks and reefs. Even in the canoes and paddles and the tools used to make them.
AKAHAI [ah kah hai’] kindness, modesty, gentleness, unpretentiousness, unassuming, tenderness
LÔKAHI [LOH’ kah hee] oneness, unity, agreement, accord, unison, harmony
OLU’OLU [oh’ loo oh’ loo] refreshing, polite, agreeable, pleasant, content, happy, gracious, congenial, cordial
HA’AHA’A [hah’ ah hah’ ah] humility, humbled, humbleness, self-effacing, modest AHONUI [ah hoh nui’] patience, perseverance, enduring, long-suffering, tolerance
Aloha is more than a cordial greeting or farewell or a salutation. Aloha is a way of life. “Live Aloha” is an expression of a deep sense of belonging to a community and caring for each other. Each of us can improve our community by our individual and collective actions. Each of us has that responsibility. If we act with courtesy and caring, the community we value will be strengthened.