Thursday, September 24, 2015


Shaloha Shaloha is a conjunction of Shalom and Aloha - (the former is Hebrew, the latter Hawaiian) they each can mean peace, completeness, prosperity and welfare and can be used idiomatically to mean both hello and goodbye. The conjunctive word is used by many of the Jewish faith in Hawaiʻi. It is believed that Jewish traders from England and Germany first came to Hawaiʻi in the 1840s. Jews from throughout the world were attracted to California and in most cases they tried it there before they came to the Islands. The first Jewish mercantile establishment was a San Francisco firm which opened a branch in Honolulu. Lasting legacies of early Jewish presence in the Islands are gifts from Elias Abraham Rosenberg to King Kalākaua: a Sefer Torah (Pentateuch) and Pointer.

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