Spirit of Aloha Award
Perpetuate the Spirit of Aloha in Hawai‘i – Nominate a deserving friend, family member, neighbor or co-worker, the person you believe most embodies the Aloha Spirit in our Island community, for the "Spirit of Aloha" Award.
The Aloha Spirit is universally valued, and individually unique in how it is expressed and felt. Aloha is the genuine feeling of acceptance, and Spirit embodies the totality of one's being. Woven together, the Aloha Spirit is unconditional love. It is the legacy and aspiration of the people of Hawai'i.
ALOHA, as interpreted by Pilahi Paki, captures the essence of its meaning.
A AKAHAI – Kindness – expressed with tenderness.
L LOKAHI – Unity – expressed with harmony.
O 'OLU'OLU – Agreeable – expressed with pleasantness.
H HA'AHA'A – Humility – expressed with modesty.
A AHONUI – Patience – expressed with perseverance.
We are pleased to announce the 2016 Spirit of Aloha honoree!
Ted has been on the beach since the age of 5 and trust me he has not been relaxing on the sand or playing in the waves the whole time. Growing up in Waikiki he was drawn to the water and started working at Waikiki Beach Services when he turned 18. He has been sharing his never-ending aloha spirit with locals and tourists alike ever since. After many enjoyable years of dedicated service helping provide surf lessons, rentals, burials at sea, and captaining outrigger canoe rides, he is now the owner of Waikiki Beach Services. He continuously proves he is a true ambassador of aloha by educating guests on the local surfing culture while providing top quality water experiences to all of Waikiki's visitors through the iconic Waikiki beach boy image. Recently Waikiki Beach Services has worked closely with the Make-A-Wish program to grant wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses who have dreamed of coming to Hawaii to surf and experience Waikiki Beach. Ted has continued to expand his kuleana by working tirelessly to develop and continue the annual "May Day Waikiki" festival for the past three years to honor and celebrate the history and tradition of the legendary Waikiki beach boys and Lei Day. He has also helped to start a fund-raiser to raise funds for the future "Memorial Wall" for the past Waikiki beach boys. Ted's many years of dedication to preserve the true spirit of aloha in Waikiki make him more than worthy of this year's Spirit of Aloha Award. Mahalo!
MAHALO TO ALL OF THE NOMINEES AND EVERYONE WHO VOTED. YOU CONTINUE TO INSPIRE US AND OUR ISLAND COMMUNITY.