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Where’s the aloha?

May 5, 2011
Maui Weekly

Shame on you! This is the “Aloha State.” You obviously don’t know what that means, so I’ll tell you. It means we smile at each other, we share with each other and we help each other. We treat others the way we would want to be treated. Is that how you would want to be treated? It certainly means we stop and help when we witness an accident, as one driver finally did!

My mom and dad have been visiting Hawai‘i for over 25 years. They have business here, and they contribute to the community as well as to our local economy. They deserve more respect. My mom had just arrived on island, and after many years of renting a bike, went straight to West Maui Cycles. She bought a brand new bike and experienced much “aloha,” as the owner and staff went out of their way to make sure she was accommodated.

This letter is also directed to whoever is responsible for the lack of walking paths and bike lanes on our island. We live in a climate and ecological era where biking and walking is common and should be convenient, safe and available in more areas than presently provided.

If you’re reading this and are still unsure of what practicing aloha means, I recommend that you read Mark Ellman’s book, Practice Aloha. Living in the Aloha State is not only a privilege, but a responsibility. Please accept the responsibility as a challenge and be kind to one another.



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