By Char Kia‘i Mansfield
Aloha used to be one Hawaiian word
but it wen bankrupt.
It’s a na‘au kine ting.
It is about our connection to our bruddah, ka ‘āina.
It feels warm and squishy in lo‘i kalo between da toes.
It’s for kūpuna in ways unknowable to
Those who choose not to understand.
Aloha is too deep and quiet for words.
He mea na‘au—It’s a—no English for that either!
Like the deep forest, it’s too powerful and quiet for words.
I used to think I could understand it, but
now I know I never will stop discovering new depths of the kaona of