Recently we arranged to reprint 1000, 16 x 20 inch Aloha poster for all of the island’s 700 school classrooms. You may recall that Gurudeva, in collaboration with then Mayor Marianne Kusaka, designed a poster in 1998 for use in the local schools as a way of passing on the meaning of the Aloha Spirit to the children of Kauai. It features five Hawaiian words that begin with the the five letters of the word Aloha and the quote “Aloha, It’s Kauai’s Spirit.” The five words, popularized by a respected Hawaiian elder, Auntie Pilahi Paki, are: Akahai – meaning kindness (grace), to be expressed with tenderness; Lokahi – meaning unity (unbroken), to be expressed with harmony; ‘Olu‘olu – meaning agreeable (gentle), to be expressed with pleasantness; Ha‘aha‘a – meaning humility (empty), to be expressed with modesty; and Ahonui – meaning patience (waiting for the moment), to be expressed with perseverance.
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