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Culture & Society

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The Aloha Spirit Law

Passed in 1986 by Hawai‘i lawmakers, the “Aloha Spirit” law is recognized as “the working philosophy of native Hawaiians . . . presented as a gift to the people of Hawai‘i.”

It was written by Aunty Pilahi Paki, after she foresaw a 21st century world filled with bitter conflict, a world that will look to Hawai‘i for healing.

Aloha would be its remedy.

According to the law, all Hawai‘i citizens and government officials must conduct themselves with aloha.

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Hawaiian Music in America

In 1915, Hawaiian music was becoming the most popular music in America. Hawaiian performers were in high demand.

After the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, Hawaiian musicians journeyed to the United States. Hundreds of ukulele & steel guitar players and hula dancers, in search of adventure or a chance to make a decent living.

Many never came home again.

Some would die in poverty and obscurity, thousands of miles away from their island homes. Others would find fame and fortune.

Along the way they would change American music forever.

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A Lost Language

Over generations, the native tongue of the islands had been systematically eliminated from everyday life.

For centuries, Hawaiian was an oral tongue—steeped deeply in mo‘olelo (story, legend, history).

By the time Hawai’i became a state in 1959, less than 2,000 people could speak Hawaiian fluently. Most of them were elderly; very few were children.

The language seemed on the brink of being forgotten.

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