Aloha Aina: The Harmony of Hawaii
The Hawaiian Islands are the most isolated landmass on earth. While you might not feel all that isolated standing amongst the throngs of surfers and beachgoers in the middle of Waikiki Beach, there are numerous “hidden” spots and beaches easily accessible by any adventurous soul. Practice your own bit of Aloha ‘Aina, or “love of the land,” and get out and find your own connection with Hawaii’s mythical mountains and beautiful beaches.
Heaven above, or below! Throw in your fav men’s wrap for an epic adventure!
Embracing and embellishing the connection between the land and its people, Aloha ‘Aina is a continual practice in Hawaii. From the songs and the chants of ancient Polynesian history, to Hawaii’s political establishment and, later, renaissance, Aloha ‘Aina is a kind of harmony between human health and the health of the land.
The ”shaka” and the knotted bracelet… timeless.
Perhaps nowhere is this harmony more evident than submerged beneath Hawaii’s iconic azure ocean waters. Here, the people of Hawaii have relied on a delicate ecosystem for everything from food to tourism. Aloha ‘Aina extends beyond the physical “lands” of Hawaii and into these sacred seas as well. Make sure to spend as much time under the water as you can!
Find hidden treasure, like this Black Line Blue Howlite Stone Bracelet, at the bottom of the ocean!
Even the local wildlife is getting in on the action as this little “vana,” or sea urchin, rocks a stone bracelet.
“Loving” the land means you have a desire to care for it as well, to continue to keep it useful and healthy for generations to come. Wherever your adventures in Hawaii take you, always make sure to leave the land a little better than how you found it. Remember, take only memories, leave only footprints…
Dolphins in paradise!
You don’t need to travel all of the way to Hawaii to be able to practice a little Aloha ‘Aina. Take a look around to see what you can do in your own community to show your “love of the land.” Participate in a beach clean-up, or make it a point to pick up a few pieces of trash on your next hike. Like Hawaii’s state motto, Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ‘Aina I ka Pono (the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness), do your best to spread the “harmony of Hawaii” wherever and whenever you can!
March 24, 2019--by Cisco Robles
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