Another week has past and it is time to kanikapila (jam) once more. This week we explore the meaning of the word Aloha.
The word aloha derives from the Proto-Polynesian root *qarofa, and ultimately from Proto-Polynesian. It has cognates in other Polynesian languages, such as Samoan alofa and Māori aroha, also meaning "love."
A folk etymology claims that it derives from a compound of the Hawaiian words alo meaning "presence," "front," "face," or "share;" and ha, meaning "breath of life" or "essence of life." Although alo does indeed mean "presence," etc. by itself, the word for "breath" has a long A (hā), whereas the word aloha does not.
So come out tonight and share your ha with us at the shack
What: Pirate Jim's Kanikapila
Where: 87 Tuscany Springs Way NW Calgary
When: Tuesday August 18, 2015 (tonight)
Why: Because it is a heck of a lot of fun!
How Much: $5 for non-members
See you tonight!
- Pirate Jim