Before explaining to you what Alola is, I prefer to tell you how the name came up. I love this word. We wanted something easy to pronounce for two reasons : we are working with children and they speak different languages. I’ll explain everything to you after.
First we thought about different onomatopoeic words like « doki doki », « toc toc », « ping pong »…. Ping pong was a good possibility because our project is an exchange (connection, aller-retour). We also imagined using adventurer’s names : Corto, Robinson, James…. but it wasn’t exactly the subject. We considered « Rosetta stone » as a strong symbol possibility, but unfortunately it was too famous. As we are a group of five working on the project, we had a lot of time to iterate.
One morning one of us arrived with this idea (I think it’s Sandile). So « Why not Aloha ?», Yes, “aloha” means “hello”, it is simple, it is an introduction for a conversation. It’s also a journey, it’s not an every day « hello ». For me it’s a « voyage ». I want to follow it.