My name is Brad, and I am lucky enough to be one of the trip leaders on this year’s Hawaii Community Service trip. Over the course of the next 18 days I will be writing from the tropical, 80 degree, breezy shores of Hawaii to share some of the exciting things that we’ll be doing on the trip. The trip promises to be full of rewarding work as well as unforgettable experiences that we’ll all be able to carry with us forever.
Our adventure began as we all met up at the beautifully quaint Maui airport, which perfectly captured the “ALOHA” spirit of the island.
Sidebar: What does ALOHA actually mean? I didn’t know before I came here, but the word “ALOHA” is actually an acronym for something much more powerful. Each letter stands for an authentic Hawaiian word that perfectly captures the spirit of the islands…
A – Akahai: kindness
L – Lokahi: unity
O – Olu’olu: agreeable
H – Ha’aha’a: humility
A – Ahonui: patience
Aloha is used here in pretty much every sense of the word you can think of: in a greeting (Aloha!), in a farewell (Aloha!), as an adjective (it was so Aloha of the small fish to clean the big fish’s teeth!), etc. The idea is that any way you use the word, you’re not truly capturing the essence of “Aloha” unless you are filling all five of its characteristics: kindness, unity, being agreeable, humility, and patience. I thought this was a really awesome way to begin the trip. Anyways…onwards.
All the trip