noun, exclamation

  1. love, affection, peace, mercy and compassion
  2. greeting: hello! good-bye!

the meaning of aloha

The English translation of ‘aloha’ is very difficult to define but it is very special to the Native Hawaiians. In the Hawaiian language, aloha is not just a greeting or a word to convey love, hello, or goodbye. It has other meanings including, compassion, mercy, grace.

Aloha actually comes from two Hawaiian words:

alo — the front of a person, the face, the part of our bodies that we share and take in people


ha – breath

When we are in each other’s presence with the front of our bodies facing, we are exchanging the breath of life. So, instead of a word, it’s more of a feeling.

aloha phrases and related words

Find other English translations for Hawaiian words starting with A.