As many already know, aloha means "hello," "goodbye," and "love," but locals will also use it as a verb. Here are a few ways to easily express your aloha for someone.
A customary way to greet malihini (visitors) or congratulate loved ones on a special occasion across the Islands. Lei stands flourish with beautiful varieties of flowers at airports and in city centers—anywhere a flow of traffic and goodwill can be found.
Hawaii's most ubiquitous modern gesture is appropriate for all everyday situations. Some use it to say, "Mahalo!" to a car that lets them in their lane while driving about the state; others whip it out in a heated situation to let all parties know it's time to cool down. The shaka really does cover the spectrum of emotions, brah.
You'll be hard pressed to find a local who will just give you a handshake and leave it there. A honi, or small kiss on the cheek, coupled with a hug is one of the warmest ways to make a new addition to your ohana feel like they're at home—especially the aunties!
4. Food (And Lots of It)
The quickest way to someone's heart in Hawaii is through a meal. The mixed plate of cultures present here makes food—whether it's home-cooked or dining out—a really big and important way of life.
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