APEC 2011 and the Meaning of ALOHA

“The world will turn to Hawai’i as they search for peace because Hawai’i has the key…and that key is ALOHA.”

In 1970, Pilahi Paki made this statement at the annual Governor’s Conference which would turn out to be a modern day prophecy.

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) convenes in Honolulu this November for the first time on US soil since 1993. This summit will bring together leaders from 21 countries that touch the Pacific Ocean. These economies represent more than 50% of the world’s GDP.  APEC leaders will meet on O’ahu, known as “the Gathering Place”, and birthplace of President Barack Obama. They will experience the beauty of Hawai’i and hopefully they will be touched by the Aloha of its people.

Aloha can mean both hello and goodbye but there is greater meaning to it than a simple salutation. Affectionately known as Aunty Pilahi, Paki was a teacher, community leader and respectfully considered a living treasure as a proponent of the spirit of Aloha. Together with Alvin Shim, Aunty Pilahi wrote and passed The Aloha Spirit Law, Hawaii State Statute 5-7.5 as traits of character for its people and a way of life.

A – Akahai meaning kindness expressed with a feeling of tenderness
L – Lokahi meaning unity (unbrokenness) expressed with a feeling for harmony
O – ‘Olu’olu meaning agreeable (gentle) expressed with a feeling of pleasantness
H – Ha’aha’a meaning humility expressed with a feeling for modesty
A – Ahonui meaning patience applied with a feeling of perseverance

Cancer rate “could be cut by 2.8 million with healthier diets”

Tea’s ability to combat free radicals and cleanse cancer agents from the human body is documented.  Tea, in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle, can reduce the risk of cancer.  Here’s an excerpt from a report from the World Cancer Research Fund about the link between cancer and lifestyle.

08 September 2011

The World Cancer Research Fund has published a new report which estimates that there are about 2.8 million cancer cases a year globally that are linked to diet, physical activity and weight. It’s a figure that the charity expects to rise dramatically over the next 10 years.

“We tend to think of cancer and other diseases such as heart disease and diabetes as largely being a problem for the developed world,” said Dr Kate Allen, director of science and communications for WCRF. “But even poor countries are seeing increasing obesity rates as people eat more processed food and become less active. It truly is a global health problem of great magnitude, and one that threatens workforce productivity and the world’s economy.”

The report has been published 10 days before a United Nations Summit on lifestyle diseases – known as Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) – which include cancer, heart disease, diabetes and respiratory disease. Campaigners hope issues such as junk food marketing to children and the high salt content of food will be addressed.