Hawaii Five-0 is a television police drama set in the fiftieth state of the union. Hawaii Five-0 2010 Season 1, Episode 18 is titled “Loa Aloha” and means “Long Goodbye”. The story centers on a father whose young son was sent to prison, where he was murdered. The father never got to say goodbye to his son, so in turn he begins killing the children of the prosecution team that sent his son to prison. The backstory involves Danny and his older brother, Matt (Matty) who is laundering drug money. Rather than face his crime and federal prison, Matty flees Hawaii, leaving Danny behind.
Loa means far (distance), long, extra, very much, bigger than normal, or permanent. All of the goodbyes in Episode 18 Loa Aloha are permanent.
- Mauna Loa means “long mountain”. If you have been to the Big Island of Hawaii and have seen the mountain, you know why it is named so; Mauna Loa covers half of the island and is 60 miles long and 30 miles wide.
- Mahalo nui loa means “thank you very much”.
Aloha demonstrates the metaphoric nature of the Hawaiian language. Like many Hawaiian words, aloha has many meanings. Aloha expresses love and affection, compassion and sympathy. Aloha is used in a letter as a salutation and a closing. As a greeting, aloha is used to say hello or goodbye. A few common greetings are listed below.
- Ke aloha nō! Greetings!
- Aloha kāua. May there be friendship or love between us, greetings (to one person).
- Aloha kākou. Same as above, but to more than one person.
- Aloha ʻoe. May you be loved (to one person).
Aloha ‘Oe is perhaps Hawaii’s most well-known song, composed by Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, Queen Liliʻuokalani. She composed Aloha ‘Oe in 1877 during a horseback ride. The original manuscript in Lili’uokalani’s handwriting can be viewed (online or) at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. The meaning of Aloha ‘Oe, farewell to a loved one, very adequately expresses the feelings in the stories behind Episode 18, a story about saying goodbye to loved ones.
- Listen to a recording of the melody or to a recording of the song with lyrics.
The original Hawaii Five-O series aired September 20, 1968 and ran for twelve seasons until April 4, 1980. A new series debuted in 2010, 42 years after the original, on September 20, 2010. Like the original, the new series is filmed on location in Hawaii. The original series had titles in English while the new series has titles in Hawaiian. Throughout both series, we are presented with snippets of Hawaiian culture. This column serves to explain Hawaiian history and traditions depicted in the episodes of both series.
Queen Liliʻuokalani was a prolific writer of over 150 songs, many of them while imprisoned at Iolani Palace after her forced abdication of the Hawaiian throne. Her motto was “E onipa‘a…i ka ‘imi na‘auao” (Be steadfast in the seeking of knowledge).