The Aloha Spirit is considered a state “law.” Well, not exactly, but the definition of aloha spirit and guidance for public officials to remember this philosophy when performing their duties is contained in the Hawaii Revised Statutes (State Law): [§5-7.5] Aloha Spirit
Although the word law sounds too strict, Aloha Spirit is not such a type of law that will get you in trouble if you break it.
Its main purpose is to serve as a reminder to government officials while they perform their duties to treat people with deep
care and respect, just like their ancestors did. Aloha Spirit is more a lesson than a law. By learning and applying this
lesson to real life, government officials can contribute to a better world, a world filled with aloha.
[§5-7.5] Aloha Spirit...
REQUESTING CITY EMPLOYEES TO GREET THE PUBLIC USING THE WORDS "ALOHA" AND "MAHALO."
WHEREAS, the State of Hawaii was officially designated as the "Aloha State" during impending statehood in 1959 (HRS Section 5-7); and
WHEREAS, Act 186, Session Laws of Hawaii 1986, further recognized the "Aloha Spirit" as a life force which is expressly stated in HRS Section 5-7.5 and reads in part:
". . .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. . . ." ;
WHEREAS, the "aloha spirit" is personified by the warmth,
friendliness and sincerity of Hawaii's people, who are the
State's most precious resource in promoting the
Aloha State's visitor industry; and