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'Spread Aloha' Art Print

$ 40.00

This is an art print of an original acrylic painting on canvas (20" x 16"). This painting was inspired by an interview I saw with Leslie Wilcox on her show “Long Story Short” with Pono Shim, CEO of Oahu’s economic development board, Enterprise Honolulu. This aired on PBS and Pono shares what he learned from his aunty Pilahi Paki (respected teacher, community leader) about the deeper meaning of aloha. After viewing this interview, I saw a picture of seeds blowing around in the wind and landing. Then shoots of plants came springing from the ground. Flowers started to bloom. That’s like Aloha. We can sew seeds of aloha wherever we go, or we can be overly concerned with ourselves. If the seeds of aloha are received, it will grow. It will spread!

I got so much from this interview. Aloha is typically known as

A akahai* or kindness
L lokahi* or unity
O ‘olu’olu* or gentleness
H ha’aha’a* or humility
A ahonui* or patience

It more than a greeting or farewell. The literal translation for akahai is kindness. Aunty Pilahi Paki taught Pono that it means grace. She gave an illustration of using white gloves when you engage with people. It’s honoring, clean, you don’t stain, you don’t leave your fingerprints.

If you would like to see the actual interview you may view it at

*A Hawaiian word

** “Spread Aloha” was digitally inserted on the print

Art print from an original acrylic painting. Print comes in size 10" x 8" & 14" x 11" full-color offset press printed on smooth heavyweight stock. Ships priority mail via USPS.  Print will not have watermark. Please inquire for shipping to your destination if not listed.

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Right to reproduce does not transfer with sale

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