Hawaii is an amazing place known for its surreal beaches, breathtaking views and friendly people.
However, there’s one aspect of the Hawaiian culture that most people probably aren’t familiar with-ho’oponopono (ho-o-pono-pono).
Ho’o in Hawaiian is similar to the word “to” when it is used to form a verb in English. Ponoponomeans to “to put to right; to put in order or shape, to correct.” This mysterious belief is the reason why Hawaiians, in comparison to any other group of people, have stronger marriages and happier families.
So what exactly is ho’oponopono (other than a really cool sounding Hawaiian word), and what part does it play in building lasting relationships?
Simply stated, ho’oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian practice of forgiveness and reconciliation. In the past, the Hawaiian people participated in ho’oponopono by engaging in a process of moral cleansing, both personally and with others in whom they had a conflict with. This ritualistic process was performed to mend relationships and bring about physical healing. Again, this is a very simplified definition of ho’oponopono as there are many other deeply religious and spiritual implications involved. Read more