What is Ohana?
In case you aren’t a big fan of the Disney movie Lilo & Stitch, the ancient Hawaiian term ohana means family, but probably not in the way you typically use it. Ohana speaks to the concept of a larger family that is not necessarily connected by blood. A person’s ohana can include their best friends, neighbors, blogging connections or anyone else who is special in their life.
An ohana is special. The people within it are bound together by genuine compassion, culture, support, loyalty, and love for each other. To become a part of someone’s ohana is a great honor. That’s why I’m extending the invitation to you!
In today’s world, we can become social media “friends” with everyone we meet, but the beautiful value of the ohana are the genuine and deep friendships that grow with it. Humans are social creatures who long for companionship and community. Within an ohana, you are not isolated or alone. Especially in this unprecedented time in the world, we all need an ohana.
What Would a World of Ohana Look Like?
I find it magical to imagine what our world would look like if everyone valued the concept of ohana in their countries, cities, and towns. Can you imagine turning your neighborhood into an ohana, or creating an ohana in your workplace? How much easier, better, and fulfilling would your life be if you felt like everyone was a member of your family?
Personally, I believe the world could use more ohanas and that everyone should know the comfort and support that comes with being a part of one. We are all connected and spiritually we are one.