For my family and friends ™ (haolegirl) wrote,
For my family and friends ™

The Aloha Spirit

The Aloha Spirit is not a Hawaiian concept. Instead it is a concept created by the Hawai'i's Visitor Bureau to make money. However, I wish that more people would realize that what they are referring to is not the aloha spirit. It's called "being compassionate." I also wish they would stop saying how great "the Aloha spirit" is. There is no such thing.

In this letter, the writer mistakenly thinks that it is a Hawaiian concept. No... it's a Haole Concept and as usual the Haole World wants to bottle it up and sell it:

Visitor received roadside aloha

While vacationing on Oahu during Thanksgiving week, I was treated to a personal demonstration of your famous "aloha spirit."
After attending the evening show at the Polynesian Cultural Center, I returned to my rental car only to discover that the vehicle would not start, or even turn over; apparently the result of a dead battery. Imagine being stranded on a strange island late at night without knowing where to get mechanical service -- an unnerving experience to say the least.

Fortunately, I carry AAA auto insurance which includes roadside emergency service. AAA promised to send someone out within 45 minutes to an hour. I returned to my car, resigned to wait an hour to get help, and Lord knows how much time and expense to get back to my hotel room in Honolulu.

While I was waiting, a local couple drove up and offered to help. In fact, this couple flagged down a PCC vehicle and insisted that the security officer use a jumper cable to start my disabled vehicle. Within minutes, my car was running and I was on my way back to Honolulu.

Mahalo to the warm, beautiful people of Oahu who share the aloha spirit so freely!

John W. Lillpop
San Jose, Calif.

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