The Aloha Spirit Law is an existing law "on
the books" in Hawai`i. It acknowledges that The Aloha Spirit was the
working philosophy of native Hawaiians and was presented as a gift to
the people of Hawai`i."
All citizens and government officials of
Hawai`i are obligated by law to conduct themselves in accordance with
this law, while performing their duties and obligations, as well as in
their day-to-day living. Likewise, those visiting our fair islands are
expected to conduct themselves in accordance with this Hawaiian law.
[§5-7.5] "Aloha Spirit"
(a) "Aloha Spirit" is the coordination of
mind and heart within each person. It brings each person to the self.
Each person must think and emote good feelings to others. In the
contemplation and presence of the life force, "Aloha", the following
unuhi laula loa (free translation) may be used:
Akahai, [ah kah hai'],
meaning kindness to be expressed with tenderness;
Lōkahi, [LOH' kah hee],
meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony;
`Olu`olu, [oh' loo oh' loo],
meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness;
Ha`aha`a, [hah' ah hah' ah],
meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty;
Ahonui, [ah hoh nui'],
meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance.
These are traits of character that express
the charm, warmth and sincerity of Hawaii's people. It was the working
philosophy of native Hawaiians and was presented as a gift to the people
"Aloha" is more than a word of greeting or farewell or a
"Aloha" means mutual regard and affection and extends
warmth in caring with no obligation in return.
"Aloha" 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.
(b) In exercising their power on behalf of
the people and in fulfillment of their responsibilities, obligations and
service to the people, the legislature, governor, lieutenant governor,
executive officers of each department, the chief justice, associate
justices, and judges of the appellate, circuit, and district courts may
contemplate and reside with the life force and give consideration to the
"Aloha Spirit". [L 1986, c 202, §1]
[§5-7.6] Aloha order of merit:
(a) There is established the Aloha order of
merit, within the office of the governor for administrative purposes, to
honor individuals selected under this section. Individuals conferred
the lifetime title of "member of the Aloha order of merit" shall be
inducted into the order by the governor after receiving the approval of
the legislature by concurrent resolution. Honorees shall have:
(1) Achieved national or international
recognition in their field either by a single event or by the totality
of their work that has been either pioneering in their field or that has
been outstanding in the long-term; and
(2) (A) Contributed to the attainment
of statehood for Hawaii; (B) Devoted themselves to the betterment of
the State, embodying the concept of the Aloha Spirit; (C) Provided
extraordinary service to the State; or D) Brought honor to the State.
(b) Honorees shall be selected by an Aloha
order of merit committee. The committee shall consist of three
members. Each member shall serve for a term of two years. One member
of the committee shall be a member of the senate appointed by the
president of the senate, one member of the committee shall be a member
of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house of
representatives, and one member of the committee shall be appointed by
(c) Nominations for honorees shall be
accepted by the committee from members of the legislature, the governor,
and the general public. Nominations shall be in the form and manner
prescribed by the office of the governor. The committee shall establish
criteria for selection and induction to ensure and maintain the prestige
of the order. The committee may select or choose not to select any
individual from the nominations received in any given year.
(d) Upon induction or as soon thereafter as
may be necessary, the governor may award appropriate mementos to members
of the order.
(e) The governor may request a member of
the order to serve as an emissary for the people of Hawaii on
appropriate occasions. [L 1993, c 231, §2]
[§5-7.7] Aloha order of merit location:
There shall be set aside
within the Honolulu International Airport an area to exhibit
commemorative displays honoring members of the order. The displays may
include likenesses of members and descriptions of the meritorious
achievements of each member. [L 1993, c 231,