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Recently, I stumbled upon a new blog and learned something interesting: Fridays in Hawaii are known as "Aloha Friday". Isn't that fun!?!! Though I don't remember hearing the term while we were there, I do remember that Hawaii was a wonderfully relaxed environment. All of the locals seemed so happy and friendly!
I decided to do a little research on "Aloha Friday" for fun. TO-HAWAII.COM says that "Aloha" is the most-used Hawaiian word and that it's meaning "goes beyond any definition you can find about it in the dictionaries". It can mean hello, goodbye, love...but "the literal meaning of aloha is 'the presence of breath' or 'the breath of life'...Aloha is a way of living and treating each other with love and respect."
In the Aloha Spirit State Law, it states:
- "Aloha" is more than a word of greeting or farewell or a salutation.
- "Aloha" means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return.
- "Aloha" is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence.
- "Aloha" means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen and to know the unknowable.
We've all heard of "Dress Down Friday" or "Casual Friday", but did you know that they have close ties to "Aloha Friday", which in turn is closely tied to Hawaii's clothing industry? I didn't either! Prior to the 1940's, most of the brightly colored, locally-produced clothing (widely known as "Hawaiian shirts") was sold to tourists. Like most places, employees at larger companies were required to wear a more formal style of dress. In 1947, it was determined that it might boost the economy if residents wore more of the Hawaiian apparel, so "Aloha Week" was established. In 1966, after a campaign by the Hawaiian Fashion Guild, employers began to let men wear "aloha shirts" on the last day of the week, and "Aloha Friday" was born. Spreading slowly east around the globe, it eventually reached California in the 1990's, where it became known as "Casual Friday". You can read more about this entire topic on Wikipedia.
Kailani at An Island Life celebrates Aloha Friday every week (IN HAWAII ~ lucky girl!!!) and has decided to take it easy on her blog posting, too. To quote her, "No long posts, no deep soul searching revelations...just a little fun."
Each Friday, she hosts "Aloha Friday", a carnival in which she asks one simple question for you to answer, and it never requires a lengthy response.
It's so easy and laid back, like, well...just like island life! If you’d like to participate, just answer the question in the comments section, then post your own question on your blog and leave your link at Kailani's blog! And...even if you don't want to join in the carnival with your own question, you can still answer my question in the comments section here!
Today's simple question from the Brownstone Kauhale is:
What are your favorite snacks ~ one for "sweet" and one for "salty"?
My answer for both is a simple one: Pop Secret Kettle Corn!
And now I leave you with a video and song to start the weekend off right...
Aloha Friday, Y'all!
(If I have misused "Kauhale", someone please let me know! I had to Google it!)