IF YOU KNOW ALOHA – Demo
The Hawaiian entry in my Isolation Demonstration Series IF YOU KNOW ALOHA.
I was born in California and I live in Australia but my heart and soul are from Hawaii my spiritual home. I lived in the islands for nearly 20 years and went from being a wandering teenager to a respectful, aware … sometimes mature human being.
You can reside in Hawaii without ever understanding but if you live in Hawaii and find that understanding of the Aloha Spirit it is something that never leaves you no matter how far you may drift away from home.
The Aloha Spirit is an intangible, an understanding of the connection of all things, a way of living one’s life, an attitude of respect and awareness. It can’t be earned or learned it is attained through living and experiencing life in the Hawaiian Islands. The Aloha Spirit is so much more than a greeting and lei around your neck at the airport … it’s just not that easy.
There are no throwaway lines in this song they all carry some weight, some meaning, some expression of the Aloha Spirit. This is one song that I often find myself drifting off while playing it to memories of my days in the islands, friends, events, places and special occasions come to mind easily.
Hope you enjoy the song … if you know then you know … if not I hope you seek to find that understanding of the spiritual connection of all things in your life. That understanding is not exclusive to the Hawaiian Islands, you can find it in yourself anywhere, but in Hawaii is known to those who know it as the Aloha Spirit. Maybe because of the beauty of the place and the people and the respect the people have for their islands it is a bit easier for it to rub off on others.
IF YOU KNOW ALOHA – Lyrics
Somewhere between Hollywood and here floats an island of jade
Between where I was born and where I live is the place that powers my heart
Wrested from the natives long ago but still welcomes students of life those who seek to resist the strife
Warm sun rolling waves long black hair fresh clean air cooling winds on sun tanned skin
It could take years maybe a decade or two to wash your soul clean
Such beauty outside and in its where Aloha lives
It takes an understanding but sometimes understanding is a virtue hard to find
You will find that everyone can do something better than you
And that forgiveness is something that we can all learn to do
To the locals the land and water it is oh so dear if you can embrace the life you can see clear
You will be a part of the family and be one with the jewels
When you’ve learned your lessons yes you can leave But you will always be what you have become
Hold a place in the sun no matter how far you run
Lightly falling rain on emerald blue green water washes over the sand
Together they clear the mind clean the soul and the land
With just a touch of rage so you don’t forget who rules this place
It leaves you in awe and lets you know just how small you are
If you know Aloha then you know it all If you live Aloha then you can’t go wrong
You can leave a place but you can’t leave a feeling If you can feel Aloha then you can see for miles
If you know Aloha then you know it all If you know Aloha If you know Aloha If you know Alohaaaa