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In Search of the Aloha Spirit Beyond Hawaii

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Aloha has its roots, of course, in the Hawaiian Islands. On one level, it’s simply a Hawaiian word that can mean both hello and goodbye, a universal greeting. It is, however, much more. It also represents an embrace of nature, friendship, and creativity; living life fully and joyously; experiencing one’s connection to all of creation. With OluKai, the aloha spirit travels with you everywhere you might wear their shoes and sandals, but it can also be found in some unexpected corners of the US.
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California, USA
The ancient Polynesians navigated across thousands of miles of the Pacific without compasses or charts. They were lead, instead, by the stars. It is estimated that only 10% of the United States’ residents can see the night sky in its natural,...
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California, USA
The aloha spirit means living in the moment, recognizing and appreciating beauty, even—or maybe especially—when it is fleeting. In January and June, Joshua Tree National Park may be arid desert, but each spring when the wildflowers bloom it puts...
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532 Laneda Ave B, Manzanita, OR 97130, USA
In addition to the aloha spirit, one of Hawaii’s gifts to the United States and the world is surfing. And the two go hand-in-hand. The surfer who wakes at dawn to get the best break is in sync with the motion of the planet and the sea, living in...
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Rogue River, Oregon, USA
Kayaking beneath soaring pines may seem distant from the palm-lined beaches of Hawaii, but the aloha spirit thrives along the Rogue River as well. This 215-mile river in southwest Oregon runs from Crater Lake to the Pacific. Its stunning beauty...
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212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137, USA
Hawaii famously embraces a diversity of cultures—it’s another aspect of the aloha spirit. In addition to the original Hawaiian population, the islands have long been home to white and African-American settlers from the mainland and Asian...