What Aloha Means To Me

With every hello, goodbye, and I love you, I am reminded of the diversity and togetherness of my culture. “Aloha” will never be constrained by one singular meaning, rather embraced by an infinite number.

As a young girl, walking into my grandmother’s house brought excitement and learning experiences. She always greets me with a warm hug and says “aloha” to embody the way of life in Hawaii. At the time, I only recognized the saying as “hello” since it is the direct translation from the Hawaiian language to English. But with time and maturity I’ve learned that “aloha” takes on many different forms based on varying perspectives. I realized that my grandmother was not just greeting me but telling me that she loves me. At the end of our visits, I know that when she communicates through Hawaiian expressions, she brings us together and proclaims her love for me.

In modern society, several aspects of American diversity experiences cultural appropriation. A newfound Chicago restaurant has put claims down of enforcing a trademark on the words “aloha” and “poke”. The Hawaiian culture and the word “aloha” will not be degraded by the capitalization of the American government. With such an enormous backlash from all sides to the restaurant owner, it exemplifies the Hawaiian community and demonstrates the idea that “aloha” is represented through people rather than a restaurant chain. “Aloha” is not confined by trademark laws, ultimately hindering its ability to have infinite meanings for a variety of people. The Hawaiian language, like all languages, is meant to be shared and spread across the nation without fear of being sued due to a trademark. 

The word and expression of “aloha” represent numerous statements to reflect the collectiveness of the Hawaiian community and the wealth of generosity provided by society. 

The true meaning of “ALOHA” is community. 

Ho'omaika'i 'ana ia 'oe to Alyssa Pociernicki, our 2018 Essay Scholarship winner! 

​See her winning essay below the pictures

Essay Scholarship

  Eligibility: All high school seniors, current students attending a University or College, and Technical/Trade School students.  Should a student

   win the scholarship, they must attend the College, University, or Technical/Trade school as full-time students.

  Scholarships in the amount of $500 will be awarded individually to the winning recipient(s).

  General: All applications (click LVHCC Education Form 101 to get the updated 2019 form) and documents identified on the application 

   will be submitted to the LVHCC Education Committee at P.O. Box 97891 Las Vegas, NV 89193-7891.  Use the back of the application if

   more space is needed.  The Education Committee will review all application packages and recommend award of the scholarship to the most

   qualified applicant.

  Grade Point Average (GPA): All applicants shall have a minimum GPA of 2.5 – 2.7 cumulative unweighted (upon graduation from High

   School and for the current school year in other learning institutions for all others).

  Deadline for all applications is August 24.  Scholarship is usually awarded at the Annual Pacific Islander Festival & Ho’olaule’a in

   September; however, this year (2019) we won't be having Ho'olaule'a (see Ho'olaule'a tab for more information) and are planning to award

   this scholarship at an event to be designated.

  The scholarship awardee should plan to attend two LVHCC functions during the academic year in support of the LVHCC scholarship program.

  For example, attending a General Membership Meeting and letting those in attendence know what they have been doing and how the

  scholarship assisted their education.

  Verification of college enrollment (class schedule) will be required before any monies are disbursed.  Scholarship funds are normally applied

   toward tuition, fees and other appropriate educational expenses.

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