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【Weekly Post】It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas戻る


Aloha Everyone! and Mele Kalikimaka!(ハワイ語のMerry Christmas)




まず1つ目は、家族の視点から見ると、新しく受け入れられた人は家に歓迎されます。一緒に食事をしたり、リラックスしたり、スペイン語の「Mi casa es su casa」(私の家はあなたの家)という言葉のように、自由にくつろぐことができます。




Mele Kalikimaka and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year)


In Hawaii, the Christmas Spirit is always very strong.
I think that is because it’s basically the same thing as the Aloha Spirit.

The concepts of Aloha Spirit and Christmas Spirit are a little difficult to describe.
But both are generally associated with being kind, generous, helpful, and similar things. There is also a very open type of love and acceptance.

When someone visits us in Hawaii, or if we meet someone for the first time, we are quick to form bonds with them.
And after the first meeting we no longer see that person as just an acquaintence. They are now a friend or even a family member. This acceptance works in two ways.

Firstly, from the family’s perspective, this newly accepted individual is now welcome into our home and free to eat with us, relax with us, just be comfortable, like the Spanish phrase “Mi casa es su casa” (My house is your house).

But it also comes with a responsibility upon the individual.
Just like in your own family, you are no longer a guest. You should clean up after yourself, help with taking care of the house (doing chores if everyone else is also doing chores), and always make sure that everyone in the house is taken cared of.

This is the Hawaiian style Aloha/Christmas Spirit!
If you have ever been to Hawaii, I hope you have been blessed to feel this from the local people you met.
And I hope that I can be a good example of this very important part of my Hawaiian Culture, especially when meeting and greeting you all, my fellow YTJ people!