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Ohana

Free Programs for Families

I ho`okāhi kāhi ke aloha (O.N. 1165)

Be one in love.
Be united in the bond of affection.

Your family was the first school you entered as soon as you arrived into this world. You started learning about love, care and family relationship. Children cannot learn effectively outside the context of the family. What a keiki learns from his or her family becomes their value system. It forms their perceptions and basis of actions. The mo‘olelo of Hāloa demonstrates the cultural importance kalo has for the Hawaiian people.

It was not something that just fed the people, but it provided a familial connection between the people and the ‘āina. In families, it is the kuleana (responsibility) of the younger sibling to care for and respect the older siblings. In return, the older siblings are to provide protection, care for, and feed the younger siblings.

The family strengthening programs of Keiki O Ka Aina puts this Hawaiian philosophy into practice.