Spe­cial mes­sage from Gov­er­nor Neil Aber­crom­bie

Lei - - Letters Of Aloha -

On be­half of the peo­ple of Hawai‘i, aloha and wel­come to the read­ers of Lei.

Through­out the 50th State, there are many ex­pe­ri­ences that await your ex­plo­ration. From sandy beaches and lush rain­forests to fiery lava flows, vis­i­tors have a range of op­tions as they set out to dis­cover our is­lands’ un­sur­passed nat­u­ral beauty. This va­ri­ety comes alive in charm­ing small towns and ex­cit­ing re­sort ar­eas that of­fer vis­i­tors an ar­ray of ex­pe­ri­ences from cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties, to shop­ping and sight­see­ing, to world-class din­ing.

But what truly makes our is­lands spe­cial is the “Aloha Spirit,” em­bod­ied in our peo­ple. It is a phi­los­o­phy of shar­ing and tak­ing care of one an­other and the en­vi­ron­ment, which per­me­ates daily life. This spirit is also the sense that our di­ver­sity de­fines us rather than di­vides us, an as­pect of our lo­cal cul­ture that we are now fur­ther able to cel­e­brate with the re­cent en­act­ment of the Hawai‘i Mar­riage Equal­ity Act of 2013.

In Hawai‘i, we be­lieve in fair­ness, jus­tice, and hu­man equal­ity. We value ev­ery mem­ber of our ‘ohana (fam­ily), and it is in this spirit that we wel­come all of you to join us in par­adise.

With warm­est re­gards, Neil Aber­crom­bie Gov­er­nor State of Hawai‘i

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