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Definition

‘Ohana: is the Hawaiian word for family.  ‘Ohana is a group of both closely and distantly related people who share nearly everything, from land and food to children and status. Sharing is central to this value.  In Hawaiian culture, being a member of a family is more important than the individual.

Native Hawaiians feel a connection to the ‘aina or land.  Local people are called kama‘aina or children of the land.  This shows that this connection is like being part of a bigger ‘ohana.

Hawaiian Translation: ‘Ohana


Example

Napoleon ohana

Anona Napolean’s family has a tradition they call “Napoleon’s Holiday,” a tradition in which she and her husband and children drop everything to spend quality time together. She has five sons and twelve grandchildren who surf -- often together.


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