The Spirit of Aloha
“Aloha spirit” is the coordination of mind and heart.
It is within each individual—you must think good feelings to emote good feelings to others.
AKAHAI :: KINDNESS
Feel and express gratitude toward the water, canoe, steersperson, self, and team.
LOKAHAI :: UNITY
Everyone helps set up, clean up, communicate, and educate. Blend with your team. Everyone learns to steer. Trust, listen to, and respond to the steersperson. She is taking responsibility for the benefit of all of us. All communications go through her.
OLU`OLU :: AGREEABLE
Assume positive intent. Trust that it all works out. Take responsibility for your triggers off the water with loving communication. Please, no complaints on the water.
HA`AHA`A :: HUMILITY
Embrace a beginner’s mind. There is always something to learn. Be open to feedback. Please, don’t take feedback personally.
AHONUI :: PATIENCE
Be present in this moment now. Notice the water. Feel your body and stroke as an extension of your body. Notice your wandering mind and choose to keep your head in the canoe. Choose to enjoy the experience on the water, whatever it is.