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there must be a conspiracy with the word "aloha", i never can tell if someone is saying hello or goodby <img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/reefer.gif" alt=":uni:" title="reefer" />
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I had the same problem when I lived in Bavaria. They have a word "servus" that works the same way so I don't think this is a conspiracy. The real conspiracy though is that the Hawaiians managed to market a place who's features resemble that fictional place called Hell (painfully hot, fire coming from the ground (volcanoes), etc.) into paradise.

Government is nothing more than the rationalization and exercise of violence. Everything done by government contains at least the implicit threat of lethal coercion. <br /><br />- William N. Grigg
the beaches helped a lot with that one, <img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/cheers.gif" alt="Cheers" title="cheers" />
more or less hudsons bay again
Aloha is an amazing word.

It holds many meanings - hello, goodbye, thank you, i love of my personal favorites however is that it can also be a big giant "fuck you" to the unknowing blowhard touristy types. Overall it's a great word once it becomes part of your vocabulary.

The real question to me within Hawaiian culture has always been its similarity to Celtic lore.

They both share the word "mana" and it has identical meanings.
Both have legends of little sized people with magical powers - leprechauns and menehune.
Clothing wise, skirts were worn by both men and women, as well as similarities in the headdress and other dress attire.

I always pondered a possible history deletion type conspiracy, given that those cultures were pretty much opposite sides of the earth during the times the legends originated.

Then again who would benefit from keeping random similarities like that hidden...


<img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/reefer.gif" alt=":uni:" title="reefer" />
Both are descendants of the Sea People. How else would a culture have survived without the mobility to make little enclaves of itself throughout the world? Who else would be safe from tsunamis besides ships at sea, when over 90% of the population lives on the sea coasts? We have a thread about them around here somewhere.

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