I Am Aloha

"Kahuna Nui Hale Kealohalani Makua" (Love all you see, including yourself.) - Hale Makua

I am very proud of my aboriginal Hawaiian heritage, and the more I learn about my ancestors the more I come to realize that so much of my attitude is hard wired into my DNA. I love this about myself. I used to think my ideas about love and joy I came to by myself. But now I know that I have just been connecting with thousands of years of Hawaiian heritage that has been lovingly nurtured within me. The quote above is one of my favorite Hawaiian messages of love. It so simply expresses what I have already come to know and embrace in my life well before I new it came from my ancestors. 

We all have this connection to our pasts which supersedes time and geography. And when we connect to this primal part of our spirit and the universe, we feel the strength of our ancestors and we are inspired with their wisdom. By doing this, I get the benefit of all my Hawaiian history and its wisdom without ever getting on a plane! I know that as spiritual beings, we knew before we came to this life, that we would share our wisdom with each other for all of our benefit. And so each person, no matter what contribution they each make, it is all so very important and adds to the vast reservoir of loving knowledge and inspiration that we each get to benefit from. I feel this in the spirit of Aloha so strongly. 

In ancient Hawaiian culture Aloha wasn’t just a greeting. Aloha was a value. Aloha was the value of unconditional love. Aloha was the outpouring and receiving of spirit. And I know spirit to really mean love.I am so many things, but first and foremost I am love. I am joy. I am so very good. And for me this really means, that I am Aloha and this encompasses all of me. I will leave you today with another one of my favorite meanings of Aloha: “what’s mine is yours.” Aloha! 

About the author
Tad Inoue is an IFBB Professional League judge, Nutritionist and Professional Diet Coach for many clients and athletes worldwide. Tad has been in the bodybuilding and fitness industry for over 32 years and his clients include professional athletes, top amateur atheletes and all other competitors in figure, bikini, men and women's physique and bodybuilding, as well as individuals interested in optimal health. Tad was a National competitor in the NPC for over 30 years and now focuses his passion, knowledge and experience on helping and instructing others in fitness, wellness and athletic competition. His education includes philosophy, theology, nutrition, biochemistry as well as dietetics. He specializes in contest preparation for Figure, Bikini, men and women's Phyisque, Bodybuilding and fat loss for optimal health. Tad is also a speaker on mindfulness, motivation and joyful positive living.