LYRICS OF ALOHA: Aloha Begins With Me

Happy New Year every body.

On Oct. 15, 2008, A counsel of leaders of Kaua‘i formed an organization called Mea Ho‘omana‘o in the promotion of the Aloha Spirit on Kaua‘i. I was asked to join in. After much discussions of phrases, I came up with the best, “Aloha Begins With Me.” It was selected as the Slogan of Kaua‘i. So I had to compose a song with that title and recorded it on my CD. I am glad that everyone is using our slogan. Mahalo!

In addition, I want everyone to know that the first person to receive the “Aloha Begins With Me” award was the wonderful Mr. Dennis Fujimoto.

Aloha Begins With Me

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ‘Aina i ka Pono

Aloha begins with me, Aloha begins with me,

Aloha begins with me, Aloha begins with me.

When I walk down to the street, I will smile to all I meet and say ALOHA,

When I drive on down to town and the traffic is slowing down, I smile and say ALOHA,

On this island of many races we are blessed with all God’s graces

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ‘Aina i ka Pono

(Go back to Aloha Begins with me)


Larry Rivera has been a musician on Kaua‘i for more than six decades, and shares the stories behind his songs in “Lyrics of Aloha,” appearing once a month in the Sunday edition of The Garden Island. Win prizes and earn an entry in the Vacations Hawai‘i Vegas vacation for two drawing by listening to KONG radio the following Monday and Tuesday between 6 and 8 a.m. and taking part in a contest based on the column.


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