Ha‘aha‘a is the value of humility. It urges us to be humble, and to be modest. However Ha‘aha‘a does not promote lowliness, reticence or a lack of assertiveness. A good way to understand Ha‘aha‘a is in thinking about the two different words for pride in the Hawaiian culture: Ha‘aheo is desired, and ho‘okano is not. Ha‘aha‘a does encompass pride in your accomplishments recognizing there is merit in feeling proud of the good things you have done — this is ha‘aheo. Ho‘okano is the unfavorable pride of arrogance and condescension, haughtiness and conceit. In practicing Ha‘aha‘a we want to be open-minded most of all, for that is how we will open up our own Palena ‘ole capacity (Key Concept 9) for greater learning abundance.
From Managing with Aloha (Chapter 12 preamble):
Humility. Be humble, be modest
Open your thoughts
Ha‘aha‘a is the value of humility.
Ha‘aha‘a teaches us to groom our character with a humility stemming from the utmost of respect for others. There is nothing noble in being superior to someone else; true nobility is in being superior to your previous self, modestly and humbly open to growth learned from others.
Ha‘aha‘a helps us understand that no individual can satisfy every need. All in the ‘Ohana are needed. All are to be respected and supported for the talent and uniqueness they offer.
Be humble, be modest, and open your thoughts. Expect others to contribute, and be ready to contribute in kind. Be proud, by continuing well. This is Ha‘aha‘a.
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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 HA‘AHA‘A, 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.
Here is an example of our Managing with Aloha value-mapping: Read about HA‘AHA‘A as the value guidance of a Conversational Workplace, in the context of The Daily Five Minutes practice: D5M: The Daily Five Minutes (Link to RosaSay.com).
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