Aloha is Kindness
The meaning of kindness: showing caring, compassion, empathy and generosity from the heart.
Mana as expressed in everyday life: When you are out surfing with your hoaloha (friend) and you let them get the best set wave instead of taking it yourself. Or offering a co-worker, friend or even a stranger a sincere compliment to brighten their day.
What aloha means to you: “[Aloha] in the form of kindness is to always be in a place of gratitude.
Everything in our environment, where we come from, is alive. So, in the gentle tradewind that’s wafting over us, in the eye to eye contact with someone we may not know, that we are meeting for the first time. We always come from a place of kindness and compassion, and as we are taught by our tutus, always first and foremost, from gratitude.
To be gratitude in every breath, in every interaction, and to make one feel at home and welcomed and comfortable is our goal. Not being attached to the outcome or what you may receive, but feeling the gratitude of being able to convey your aloha in the ha of the breath, being in gratitude for what we have, and sharing that so freely is ultimately what we live on, what we pride ourselves on as Hawaiians, and what we hope to reach and connect to everyone that we come into contact with. “ – Joy Kamakea Stedman, Timbers Kauai Sales Executive