Hawaiian Values To Embrace
In Hawaiian culture, one doesn't talk poorly of others. You speak up their gifts, and focus on their strengths. With core values, so strong, and passed down thru generations with stories. Here are a few other Hawaiian values to embrace, and make your own:
Aloha: caring, compassion for others, love, affection
Aloha is a value, one of unconditional love.
Aloha is the outpouring and receiving of the spirit.
Ha`aha`a: humility, humbleness, modesty
The value of humility. Be humble, be modest, and open your thoughts.
Ho`omau: preserve, perpetuate, continue
`Ike Pono: to know, to feel, to understand
The value of learning. To know well. To seek knowledge and wisdom.
Kokua: help, assist, comfort, support
Kuleana: privilege, responsibility, title, job
One’s personal sense of responsibility.
“I accept my responsibilities, and I will be held accountable.”
Kupa`a: stand firm, steadfast
Laulima: many hands working together
Lokahi: unity, agreement, accord
The value of teamwork: Collaboration and cooperation. Harmony and unity.
People who work together can achieve more.
Mahalo: thank you
“Thank you”, as a way of living.
Live in thankfulness for the richness that makes life so precious.
Malama: caring, nurturing others, to protect
The value of stewardship. To take care of.
To serve and to honor, to protect and care for.
Those who are family, and those you choose to call your family.
As a value, ‘Ohana is a human circle of complete Aloha.
Pono: right, good, moral, fair, just
The value of integrity, of rightness and balance.
The feeling of contentment when all is good and all is right.
The value of work: To work with intent and with purpose.
To “seek best life.” Our purpose in life is to seek its highest form.
The value of mission and vision.
The value of perseverance. To persist, to continue, to perpetuate. Never give up.
KŪLIA I KA NU‘U—
The value of achievement. “Strive to reach the summit.”
Pursue personal excellence in all you do.
The value of hospitality, a hospitality of complete giving.
Welcome guests and strangers with your spirit of Aloha.
The value of communication, for “All of us.” We are in this together.
Learn to speak the language of we.
To honor the dignity of others.
Conduct yourself with distinction, and cultivate respectfulness.
The value of leadership. Lead with initiative, and with your good example.
You shall be the guide for others when you have gained their trust and respect.
NĀNĀ I KE KUMU—
Look to your Sense of Place and sources of spirit, and you find your truth.
KA LĀ HIKI OLA—
“The dawning of a new day.” Optimism.
The value of hope and promise.