UH Mānoa Hawaiʻinuiākea faculty recommends everyone to avoid the Hawaiian custom of honi, or greeting each other with kisses and hugs, as a precautionary measure against COVID-19.
“Kapu Ola Aloha” is a term created by UH Mānoa Professor Lilikalā Kameʻeleihiwa which means “a loving restriction that preserves life.” Professor Kameʻeleihiwa is encouraging everyone to keep showing aloha but with no physical contact. She asks for everyone to blow kisses from afar when they greet friends and family instead of making physical contact.
“We want to have aloha especially for our family but right now even for my grandchildren I can’t hug them because we all may be infected without knowing it yet,” Kameʻeleihiwa said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, kūpuna (elderly) are at a higher risk of developing serious illnesses from COVID-19. To ensure there safety, practicing caution is of utmost importance.