A very special visit from His Holiness the Dalai Lama helps us define ourselves and practice for a better world. So what is aloha? Its folk etymology states it means sharing the breath of life. His Holiness stated that after three visits to Hawai‘i over the years (the last in 2008), it was this trip that helped him discover what the word is all about. And he said he realized it takes a lot of effort to implement.