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Build peace: be on time

My Mom and Dad had written a few words on a paper and hung it on the wall in our kitchen. We grew up watching our parents invite all kinds of people into our home for dinners. Strangers. This included any person who was lost in the airport or someone they found lost on the street....A warm meal, pajamas, a clean bed in the guest room, a bathroom, and the next day after breakfast, often supplied with a gift (usually a sweater or socks), and a map they provided a ride to the train or bus station. Most of those people spoke a foreign tongue that none of us understood. But at the end of Mom and Dad's "hospitality adventure" my parents had added a line to their list on the wall and that person had walked away with theirs. To this day my family receives letters and visits from those travelers and their children and even grand children. Every time we gather together there is “letter” readings and....tears of joy.


The paper on the wall read:

Italian: Ti Amo
German: Ich Liebe Dich
Japanese: Ai Shite Imasu
Chinese: Wo Ai Ni
Swedish: Jag Alskar Dig
Greek: S'Agapo
Hawaiian: Aloha Wau La Oe
Irish: Thaim In Grabh Leat
Hebrew: Ani Ohev Otakh
Persian: Du Stet Daaram
Russian: Ya Lyublyu Tyebya
Albanian: Une Te Dua
Finnish: Mina Rakkastan Sinua
Turkish: Seni Seviyorum
Hungarian: Se Ret Lay
Maltese: Jien Inhobbok
Catalan: Testimo Molt
French: Je t'aime
Spanish: Te Amo
Eskimo: Nagligivaget
English: I love you

Now I wish my parents had learned to say " We love you" instead.
Will you help me rewrite this list and include your language too ??

~~ With Happy New Year Wishes~~

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    Jan 9 2013: I think Māhele Hōkeo refers to the bond of love between two people. Iʻm not sure, but I donʻt think marriage became an Hawaiian concept until after the missionaries arrived.

    The Hawaiian language peels like an onion. At the surface it may have one meaning while deeper down the meaning may be totally different. Hawaiians seem to love a pun and take pride in saying one thing to a person who has a superficial knowledge of the language while a fluent person will understand the true intent of what is being said.

    Aloha kākou means may there be love between us and is the plural expression of Aloha kāua which is the singular expression of friendship or love. This is straight out of the Hawaiian dictionary so I know it is correct.


    Aloha kākou is the expression of friendship or love extended to a group.

    You are absolutely correct about understanding the culture. i think that may be more true of Hawaiian than any other language I know of. That is very true of hula. Many people understand the motion and may even be able to mouth the words, but Kumu Hula teach the cultural meaning of the words and the motions. To be a hula master you must understand the language and the culture.
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      Jan 17 2013: Dear William,
      I hope you accept the Zahn Peace Prize for your participation in this idea, for co-authoring this pathway with me and for your contributions in 'building peace on time'.

      Thank you.
      ( To know about the prize see my comment to Ronny )

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