Part of Hawaiian culture, ʻohana means family in an extended sense of the term, including blood-related, adoptive or intentional. It emphasizes that families are bound together and members must cooperate and remember one another. The term is cognate with (and its usage is similar to) the New Zealand Māori term whānau.
In current Hawaiian culture the term ʻohana is strictly used for blood relations. Non-familial groupings always instead use the word "hui".
In contemporary Hawaiian economic and regulatory practice, an "ʻohana unit" is a part of a house or a separate structure on the same lot that may contain a relative but which may not be rented to the general public.
|“||Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.||”|
- Wight, K. 1997. Illustrated Hawaiian Dictionary, The Bess Press.
- City & County of Honolulu 2003. Land Use Ordinance
- Whitney, Scott 2001 Inventing 'Ohana Honolulu Magazine, September, 2001, pp. 42–45
- www.takitaniconstruction.com/ohanazoning.html, honoluludpp.org/downloadpdf/zoning/lupdfaqs.pdf, www.honoluludpp.org/downloadpdf/construction/ohana.pdf
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