Hawaiian Word of the Week: Kokua


Kokua [koh-ku-ah] is an important concept in Hawaiian culture. It means “help,” but it goes deeper than that. Kokua is about helping others without expecting anything in return. In a world where we’re juggling so many demands and going about our day at full speed, it’s easy to lose sight of the needs of others.

This week, give someone the gift of your time. Volunteer, be present, and/or call up a friend. Share your act of aloha on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #livesaloha.