Ever feel down and out? Come learn about hoʻoponopono at Puhi, Kauaʻi.

Unit lesson


Video Questions

1) What does pono mean? What does hoʻoponopono mean?

2) Why does a person feel kaumaha, or heavy, when there are problems at home or at school? Is there anything you can do to make the heavy feeling go away?

3) If there’s a pilikia, or problem, why is it important to make things right with yourself first, before trying to solve problems with others?

4) What is the difference between pule, kūkākūkā, mihi, and oki?

5) If some classmates at school are having problems, is it better to hoʻoponopono, or wait to let things resolve on their own? Why?

6) Write a short story about siblings who don’t always get along. Include hoʻoponopono as part of the storyline. When you’re finished writing the story, share it with your parents or your teacher and ask them what they learned about hoʻoponopono.


Video Vocabulary

1) hoʻoponopono
a traditional Hawaiian process in which relationships were set right through prayer, discussion, confession, repentance, and mutual restitution and forgiveness

2) mauli ola

3) conflict resolution
a process of ending conflict between two or more people

4) spiritual resolution
a process of returning and individual to a good or balanced spiritual state

5) noʻonoʻo
mind, thoughts, thinking

6) pule

7) hōʻike
reveal, make known

8) pilikia
problems, trouble

9) kahu
religious authority, a priest or minister

10) mediate
to settle a disagreement between two or more people

11) ke Akua

12) mihi
ask forgiveness

13) kaumaha
heavy, burdened

14) ʻoki

15) wehe
remove, take away

16) pono


Guiding Questions