Ho‘ohanohano is thought of as the value of respect and self-respect, for it teaches us to honor the dignity of others, while we conduct ourselves with distinction, honor, and integrity as well. Hanohano is a glorious dignity, and to Ho‘o is to make it happen! We honor the intelligence of others, and we seek to learn from them. We ourselves aspire to be as upright in character and as trustworthy as we can possibly be. Short and sweet, this is the value of good, and noble behavior. “Conduct yourself with distinction” is significant as our Ho‘ohanohano expectation within Managing with Aloha.
From Managing with Aloha (Chapter 13 preamble):
Honor the dignity of others
Conduct yourself with distinction, and cultivate respectfulness
Ho‘ohanohano. Honor the dignity of others. Help them attain their nobility too.
Treat others well in honor of the health of their spirit.
Honor the intelligence of others—trust it is there, and they are learners.
Conduct yourself with distinction, by honoring your own dignity and self-respect. Be ethical, and act with integrity.
Cultivate an inclusive attitude, and the demeanor of Aloha and you seek to demonstrate your respect for others—always.
Continue your learning!
For a brief, single-page listing of all 19 Hawaiian Values of ALOHA within the Managing with Aloha philosophy, see The 19 Values of Aloha.
For more about values and why we choose them, see Let’s Define Values.
This is the Site Index of articles which include HO‘OHANOHANO, with comment boxes for questions, stories, and our continued learning from each other: When people speak, they give voice to values, and their personal expression of them. In Hawai‘i, we call this expression their mana‘o.
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