This is the value of Hawaiian-style hospitality, in which guests and strangers alike are welcomed with your spirit of Aloha. There is complete generosity in Ho‘okipa: We call it lokomaika‘i, “the generosity of good heart.” Those who aspire to the best practice of this value are highly empathetic, and very perceptive in anticipating the needs of others: We call them Mea Ho‘okipa (host, or hostess) and it is one of the highest compliments a person of Aloha can receive from another.
From Managing with Aloha (Chapter 6 preamble):
The hospitality of complete giving
Welcome guests and strangers with Aloha
Ho‘okipa is the Hawaiian value of hospitality.
Ho‘okipa is to welcome guests, customers and strangers with your spirit of Aloha, transcending the norm in serving others.
Ho‘okipa is the hospitality of complete giving. It defines a true art of unselfishly extending to others the best that we have to give.
In sharing our Ho‘okipa with others, we gain our own joy and we invest in our own well-being.
Continue your learning!
For a brief, single-page listing of all 19 Hawaiian Values of ALOHA within the Managing with Aloha philosophy, see The 19 Values of Aloha.
For more about values and why we choose them, see Let’s Define Values.
This is the Site Index of articles which include HO‘OKIPA, with comment boxes for questions, stories, and our continued learning from each other: When people speak, they give voice to values, and their personal expression of them. In Hawai‘i, we call this expression their mana‘o.
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