Lahela Chandler Correa was born and raised on the island of Kaua’i in the Wainiha Valley. Where they farmed Kalo (Taro) to provide for their ohana and the community.
Her parents Francis Sr. and Kapeka Chandler were born and raised in Ha’ena and came from large ohana’s (families). Her immediate family consists of 10 brothers, 5 sisters and one half-sister; she is number 13 of all my siblings.
Both of her parents were great examples of Aloha. They showed Aloha by living it every day. They were taught that Aloha was taking care of your family, being kind to everyone, being helpful, being honest, always setting a good example, working hard, doing your best, keeping their name good and always respecting your elders.
As Lahela so eloquently states;
“Aloha is not just a word, it has a deeper meaning that is endless. Like all things in life if not passed down and taught, it will be forgotten.
Aloha is a way of life that was taught for generations to our people. This is who we are, we live it, we breath it every day of our lives. This is how the first foreigners were greeted when they came here. Aloha means that when we meet someone they are greeted with utmost kindness. When we offer to do something, nothing is expected in return and when we share we give freely.
It doesn’t matter if you are white, black, blue or green, I believe we all have Aloha.
Aloha is considered the gift of the Hawaiian people to the world. Learn and share Aloha today.”