'Ohana means family.
One does not need to be born into an 'ohana.
Oftentimes an 'ohana includes not only one's relatives, but also their dearest friends.
When you belong to an 'ohana, family and friends are bound together by love
and respect, and they work together in harmony.
As 'ohana, we take care of and support one another unconditionally.
Kahi'oe means "where you belong."
We are connected together in many ways.
The traditional lei that brings joy and makes one feel special
can also be a symbol of belonging.
Each flower, shell, or kukui nut is a unique individual
that is bound together.
Whether the bond is by blood or aloha,
we are 'ohana, and this is kahi'oe.
Makemake'ia'oe means "you are beloved."
The desire to be loved and nurtured
is considered one of our most basic
and fundamental needs.
Our 'ohana knows that they are loved
for precisely who they are, and our love for one another
is not tied to accomplishments, skills, or personality traits. We simply love.
Ho'ohanohano'ia means "Respect."
At the roots of our 'ohana is ho'ohanohano'ia.
Respect is a feeling of deep admiration for others.
This admiration is shown by the love and care
we have each member of our 'ohana,
everyone that comes into our lives,
and for ourselves.
Lokomaika'i means generous and kind.
We believe it is vitally important
that we treat others with lokomaika'i.
Mark Twain once said, "Kindness is a language
which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."
We believe that kindness creates intention in our lives.
It enriches our days and creates a habit of mindfulness
when we stop and think and choose to be kind.
'Imi na'auao means to "seek knowledge."
Our 'ohana strives to constantly learn and become better.
We respect the knowledge and wisdom of others,
and consider it a blessing to sit and learn
from our Kupuna (elders) and one another.
Kokua means to "help, assist, comfort, support."
We believe that kokua is an important concept
that should be taught to children from a very young age.
Kokua is the word we use to describe the spirit of kindness
accompanied by a desire to help one another,
without expecting anything in return.
More specifically, it translates to extending
loving and sacrificial help to others
for their benefit, and not for personal gain.
We desire our 'ohana to focus on giving back
to their society selflessly,
because only when every individual citizen
helps out their neighbor
without expecting anything in return,
will the community stand strong.