Aloha! Ho’omaika’i ‘ana MindGym March 2012 LET Topnotchers and Passers!
Today, the 12th of May 2012, the MindGym family celebrates the victory of six (6) Licensure Examination for Teachers topnotchers (LET) and many passers who reached their dreams of becoming professional teachers — through a Hawaiian-/summer-inspired party at La Casa MIA.
And, I felt glad and touched, as I searched for party games and other gimmicks for tonight’s party — when I noted that this party can be more than just another social event in the LET topnotchers’, passers’, coaches’, and friends’ life if taken in the context of the real meaning of the Hawaiian “Aloha Spirit” which states (verbatim):
“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 laula loa (free translation) may be used:
Akahai, [ah kah hai’], meaning kindness to be expressed with tenderness;
Lōkahi, [LOH’ kah hee], meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony;
`Olu`olu, [oh’ loo oh’ loo], meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness;
Ha`aha`a, [hah’ ah hah’ ah], meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty;
Ahonui, [ah hoh nui’], 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 Hawaii.
“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.
I hope that tonight’s party serves to reinforce the bond of MindGym family and friendships that began in January 2012 among this LET batch. I hope that the party serves as a reminder to new teachers that they can live forever through the students they teach in class, if they are passionate in their profession. I hope that MindGym, through its coaches and it’s LET alumni-professional teachers, will expand to new communities and find new avenues to further its pursuit of lifelong learning and make a difference in its own way.