I get updates from the Polynesian Voyaging Society, as well as reading their webpages. This Hawaiian ship’s crew often uses the word “mahalo“.
I also found in in an odd place, I work at a craft store and one of the shadowboxes we sell has a vacation theme with “aloha” and “mahalo”.
So, Mr Google is my friend…
“Mahalo” is a Hawaiian word meaning thanks, gratitude, admiration, praise, esteem, regards, or respects. According to the Pukui and Elbert Hawaiian Dictionary, it is derived from the Proto-Polynesian masalo.
Mahalo to the PVS for forty years of sailing, navigating and public education, carry on!
And mahalo to the Disney crew who brought us one of the finest efforts yet…