From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Vol. I p 35
Aloha is a Hawaiian salutation of greeting or farewell.
Aloha (SP-317) was a yacht built in 1910 by Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Quincy, Mass. ; free leased to the Navy 22 April 1917 ; and commissioned 5 June 1917, Lieutenant H. R. Swift, USNRF, in command.
Aloha served as a patrol vessel in the 3rd Naval District until 15 September 1917 when she became flagship of Rear Admiral C. M. Winslow, Inspector of Naval Districts, Atlantic Coast. She cruised from Maine to Texas on inspection tours until December 1918. Aloha was decommissioned 14 December 1918 and returned to her owner 29 January 1919.