According to the 1986 edition of Mary Kawena Pukui & Samuel H. Elbertʻs Hawaiian Dictionary, Aloha can mean “love, affection, compassion, mercy sympathy, pity, kindness, sentiment, grace, charity; pretty, salutation, regards; sweetheart, lover, loved one; beloved, loving, kind, compassionate, charitable, lovable, to love, be fond of; to show kindness, mercy, pity, charity, affection; to venerate; to remember with affection; to greet, hail” (21). If you have ever been to Hawai‘i, you might remember it as a replacement for Hello and Goodbye. Some cultural practitioners break the words down to all (before the face of) and ha(the breath of life) suggesting that it depicts the Polynesian greeting when two people embrace face to face and breath transfer their breath.
Eloah is the Hebrew name for God. It is the singular form of the more commonly known plural Elohim, which is one of the two main names that is used to describe the Hebrew God in the Bible. Yes, the almighty omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent monotheist God is often referred to in the Bible as Gods (Elohim) and these are the types of interesting Bible facts that I will be exploring in Aloha Eloah, which will form a diary of letters that I will write to God every day and share with you.