This is a place of stories.

It’s a place where people talk story.

Well, one thing we want to do at Civil Beat is enlarge the conversation, to let you talk story with a much larger community. So this Thanksgiving, we thought it would be worthwhile to ask readers to submit their stories, especially their stories of acts of aloha.

What other state has a definition of aloha written into its statutes?

§ 5-7.5 “Aloha Spirit”. (a) “Aloha Spirit” is the coordination of mind and heart within each person. It brings each person to the self. Each person must think and emote good feelings to others. In the contemplation and presence of the life force, “Aloha”, the following unuhi laulā loa may be used:

“Akahai”, meaning kindness to be expressed with tenderness;

“Lōkahi”, meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony;

“ʻOluʻolu” meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness;

“Haʻahaʻa”, meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty;

“Ahonui”, meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance.

These are traits of character that express the charm, warmth and sincerity of Hawaii’s people. It was the working philosophy of native Hawaiians and was presented as a gift to the people of Hawaiʻi. ”Aloha” is more than a word of greeting or farewell or a salutation. ”Aloha” means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return. “Aloha” is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence. ”Aloha” means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen and to know the unknowable.

With that in mind, please share your stories of acts of aloha you have experienced. Share your stories of something good you’ve seen someone to do for others with no obligation in return. Share stories that make you thankful to live in Hawaii.

We’ll publish a selection for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Please try to keep your stories under 600 words. E-mail them to news@civilbeat.com by the end of the day Wednesday, Nov. 24. Please include your daytime phone number and name. We welcome pictures, too. And if you have a video you’d like to include, upload it to Youtube and let us know where to find it.

We look forward to sharing your stories on Thanksgiving Day.

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