When I got married, I gained something I never expected, aloha. My husband’s aunt is from Hawaii so over the years I’ve gotten to learn, first hand, about the aloha spirit. Now, with a household of my own, I see how important it is to evoke that spirit, no matter where in the world you are. So I’m sharing 5 ways to bring the aloha spirit to your own home. Aloha means hello. And goodbye. And SO so much more. It stands for a feeling of peace, hospitality, good will, family, generosity, honor and happiness. That’s a lot from one little word. And while we think of Hawaii of possessing this spirit of aloha, these are all values that I want to make sure are readily pouring out of my home.
I recently had lunch at a delicious spot in Fullerton, CA called Dog Haus (check their store locator to find a location near you!). While the food was amazing, the hospitality of the staff was next level. It made me think of “aloha”. My friend and I were meeting for a quick lunch, and even though we didn’t have much time, it was awesome to get to catch up. In this society of “busy” taking a moment to slow it down was extra refreshing.
Promote Slow at Home
Our service was in no way slow at Dog Haus, but the vibe was all about enjoying not only your meal, but the whole experience. Taking a little of that feeling to your home could certainly change the mood for the better. We’ve all got deadlines and appointments but we should really aim to enjoy our lives a little more. We always make sure to not over schedule our kids and build in slow weekend mornings where we don’t have to rush out of the house. These little things make a big impact on our happiness. I’d never been to a Dog Haus restaurant before. This one is located near Cal State Fullerton, which is where I graduated from. It was fun to go down memory lane a little (although I graduated like a hundred years ago and Dog Haus was certainly not here then). The inside of the restaurant has a really cool design. There’s an industrial feel with steel and wood tables and concrete floors. And while there isn’t a pineapple or a lei in sight, the restaurant feels inviting. The tables are large and seem to be set up for communal dining which perfectly embodies the aloha spirit. Especially being close to a college, this set up seems like a great way to encourage community.And then I saw one of my favorite food packages. That orange bag means only one thing, King’s Hawaiian. I’ve been a fan of their products since I was a little kid (and even got to tour their Torrance facility a few years ago). So before our food even got to the table, I knew I was going to love it.
Bring Hawaiian Ingredients in to Your Life
There are a few things that feel totally Hawaiian such as pineapples and macadamia nuts. These can easily be added to your day. Pineapples are great for any meal of the day. Macadamia nuts can be added to breading for chicken or on top of salads. But if your family is like mine, they love to explore unique and different to them foods. Make it a habit to seek out new products or flavors to try. And of course, a sweet Hawaiian roll, for your hamburgers and hot dogs works perfectly too.
Hawaii’s culinary influence reaches far beyond the islands. And because of their contributions, the U.S. Senate passed a unanimous consent to make the week of June 11 – 17th, National Hawaiian Foods Week. Hawaiian cuisine is characterized by a unique fusion of flavors like those from French Polynesia, China, Japan, Portugal, Korea, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Samoa and more. Which is similar to the cool blending of flavors you find at Dog Haus. The menu, featuring gourmet hot dogs, sausages and unique burgers, is influenced by a lot of different cultures, creating delicious combinations you don’t find in most restaurants. Bring the Island Vibe to You
I’m not saying cover your walls in grass cloth or put a tiki bar in your front room, but you can certainly add some simple, but tropical touches to your home. Seeing these things might remind you to slow your roll and enjoy the ride a little more. A feeling of peace is the goal here, so keep things calm and airy, unlike the items that you might find at your local party store luau. Orchids are super easy to find and tropical decor touches are totally trendy right now. Scented for Serenity
Think about how you feel the minute you walk in to a spa. Your first sense to be engaged is usually smell. Make your home inviting to guests with a simple essential oil diffuser blend. With a base of Hawaiian Sandalwood, which promotes peace and well-being, you can easily pair it with bergamot and lavender and provide a small welcoming detail to guests entering your home.Build Community Regularly
Hawaii is a highly social community with the focus on creating meaningful connections which, generally, increases happiness. Entertaining doesn’t have to be difficult, but it should be regular! Consider creating a regular open house situation where your neighbors know they can just drop by for casual conversation and hanging out. You don’t need to provide a full meal. Keep things easy, just provide a variety of easy drinks (mixing and matching glassware is totally acceptable) and a few simple snacks. It’s more about the fellowship than what you are serving them. National Hawaiian Foods Week (June 11 – 17th) is the perfect time to start bringing the aloha spirit in to your life. Dog Haus restaurants are going to make it easy for you by serving a special Loco Moco burger. If you haven’t experienced this Hawaiian meal, it’s generally a bed of rice topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg and gravy. Dog Haus’ Loco Moco Burger is made with sriracha and soy sauce laced patty topped with a thinly sliced and grilled Portuguese sausage, sunny-side up egg, Japanese curry style gravy, togarashi, crispy fried onions, diced scallions and sriracha served on grilled King’s Hawaiian rolls. How great does that sound?!
These 5 ways to bring the aloha spirit in to your home are simple, delicious and easy to implement. I know I’ll be celebrating National Hawaiian Foods Week with another visit to Dog Haus. Who wants to meet me there??
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.