Within an ‘Ohana are those who are family, and those you choose to call your family. ‘Ohana is a human circle of complete Aloha, and in managing with Aloha, ‘Ohana is recognized as the best possible form for the association of all stakeholders in a business, for it implies unconditional partnership in full trust and Aloha. The contentment and rightness of Pono is the standard-bearer, yet the intimacy of family is ever-present as well.
From Managing with Aloha (Chapter 7 preamble):
Family, and those you choose as family
‘Ohana is a human circle of complete Aloha
‘Ohana is family. Our ‘Ohana includes those we have always known as our family, surrounding us with love at the time of our birth. ‘Ohana also includes those we choose to call our family, for the connection we share with them enriches our life.
‘Ohana becomes a sacred ‘Imi ola form for sharing our lives with Aloha, for it gives us the unconditional gifts of love, understanding, forgiving, and acceptance.
‘Ohana is the most secure and comfort-filled support we have for facing truth, for ‘Ohana never loses love or hope.
The bonds of ‘Ohana are strong, yet supple: They flex with giving and with the love and acceptance of Aloha, yet they are made rigidly secure by those same supports. These bonds may be tested, but they cannot be broken.
‘Ohana is a human circle of complete Aloha.
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 ‘OHANA, 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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