In a recent visit to Hilo, Hawaii, I learned that, Aloha, meant hello and good bye with love. Hawaii natives and malihini’s (people who come to Hawaii) use the word freely to greet their friends, also to bid them farewell.
It amazed me to learn that the, ALOHA SPIRIT LAW, is an official law that is actually on the books in Hawaii. The principle of the ALOHA SPIRIT, obligates the residents and officials to conduct themselves in accordance with The ALOHA SPIRIT LAW in all aspects of life. To the Hawaiians, Aloha is more than a word of greeting. Aloha means living with love in your life all the time, filling it with tenderness, harmony, pleasantness, modesty and perseverance. Respecting everything and everyone else. Pretty awesome! I can’t think of another culture or society that still exists, that has based their culture on such an amazing principle. The beauty of the Islands and her people reflect this great spirit. Everywhere I went in Hawaii I was surrounded by The Aloha Spirit.
The Big Island (The Island of Hawaii) was one of the most interesting places I have yet to visit. It has the most diverse climate per square miles in the world. From deserts to rain forests, to the snow capped Mauna Kea. You can’t miss the volcano and it was interesting to listen to the tales of the legend of “Madam Pele”, Goddess of fire. Ask any Hawaiian to find out who runs the place. You would be surprised to find the answer to be, Madam Pele.
One side of the island, near Hilo, can get over 300 inches of rain a year, while the other side, near Kona, can get 50 inches a year. It takes approximately 45 minutes to travel to Kona from Hilo by car. We took Hamakua highway up to Waimea. It was mostly sugarcane fields until we arrived in Kohala, there were many beautiful views along the way. It was higher in elevation and much cooler there. The area reminded me of the rolling hills of Kentucky, very green and lots of cows. Yes, there are a lot of cows on the Big Island. Cowboys too! Hawaiian cowboys are called paniolos, and dress very similar to the cowboys of the old west.
If you plan to visit the islands you will be informed not to take any rocks home from the island. It is considered bad luck for the person that took the rock, many people find this out later and mail the rock back to the island it was picked up on. There are so many rocks sent back to the Hilo Post Office each year that they even publish a total in pounds received per year!
It would take a life time to explain this magical, mystical place, with the wonderful, caring people that live there. I just wanted to share with you a little of what impressed me about the island when I visited. I had a great time on the Big Island. If you are looking for a place to go that gives you a taste of what the earth looked like thousands of years ago, and that is filled with the aloha spirit, then visit the big island of Hawaii. ALOHA!