Aloha, and E Komo Mai (welcome) to Give Aloha Gifts!

My name is Debi, and I love “all things Hawaiian,” but there’s an especially fond place in my heart for the Aloha Spirit. In today’s world the word “aloha” means “hello,” “goodbye,” and “love,” but it had a deeper, more spiritual meaning for ancient Hawaiians. Analyzing the three Hawaiian words that make up “aloha”…

alo: 1. sharing, 2. in the present
oha: 1. joyous affection, 2. joy
ha: 1. life energy, 2. life, 3. breath
…helps us understand that “aloha” speaks to “the joyful sharing of life energy in the present” or, more simply, “joyfully sharing life.”

And that, I think, is the essence of the Aloha Spirit. It’s a way of living that recognizes a constant give-and-take transaction — you attempt to bring joy to others’ lives whenever possible, and you celebrate the joy others bring to your life, too.

And that’s why I decided to call this site Give Aloha Gifts. It’s where I plan to celebrate some of the things I love about Hawaii and the Hawaiian culture — its incredible natural beauty, of course, but also its food, music, clothing, jewelry and more — to share with you in the spirit of aloha.

It’s my humble hope that the gifts you find here will bring joy to you and to the lives of your loved ones. Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or if I can be of assistance.

Mahalo nui loa!
(thank you very much!)

P.S.  Also, A BIG MAHALO to flickr’s Frank Reyes (via Creative Commons) for allowing me to modify and use the lovely plumeria photo you see around the site.  Much appreciated!