4. Juni 2018 - 2 Kommentare

The Essence of Ohana, Mana and Pono


Part of Hawaiian culture, “ohana” means family (in an extended sense of the term, including blood-related, adoptive or intentional). The concept emphasizes that extended families are bound together and members must cooperate, support and remember one another. Ohana is the idea that the interconnection that exists between all people is precious and a cherished part of human life.
Part of Pacific Island culture, “mana” is the elemental force of nature embodied in an object, person or place. Mana also embodies the spiritual energy and healing power which can exist in nature. It is the Hawaiian belief that there is a chance to gain mana and lose mana in everything that a person does. Visiting sacred places that has strong mana or interacting with Hawaiian plants and animals in a natural way restores energy and increases mana.


In the Hawaiian thought, being “pono” is being in perfect alignment and balance with all things in life. It means one has the perfect relationship with the creative energy of the universe. It is the personal and a clear organizational value of goodness, rightness and balance… a life of full integrity. For planet earth, it means being in complete harmony and alignment with your custodial relationship with earth. For people, mana is often possessed or gained through pono actions, reflecting the balance that exists in the world and humanity's responsibility toward maintaining that balance. If you are living pono, you are in the right relationship with the land, the ocean and all of nature. The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness or “Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono" which is the motto for the state of Hawaii.

Veröffentlicht von: Elisabeth Renner in Allgemein


19. September 2018 um 13:46

Wow, Jeffory & Elisabeth – you created an extraordinary, beautiful homepage!
There’s so much to explore and it makes me diving into lots of amazing memories! I love the videos, stunning pics, jeffory’s poems and the whale meditation!!
Mahalo for (again!) sharing your knowledge, experience and spirit!

Elisabeth Renner
26. September 2018 um 11:14

Dear Kathi!

Thanks for your feedback Kathi. I still feel all these special moments and experiences we shared together in this wild nature of Hawaii. There is so much we can learn from nature, from the ocean and its waves. You sad so wisely, if the ocean is wild and the wind is in your back pushing you to shore while sitting on the kayak go with the power of the wave, it will bring you back safe.

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