Though the definition and roles of the family unit may have changed over time, the ʻohana remains as relevant and critical to society today as it has ever been. The ʻohana, including non-traditional families, is not only the basic unit of a functioning society, culture, and economy, it is the institution that provides basic needs such as food and shelter. It is where critical essential human interactions and relationships are developed such as love, trust, honesty, compassion, and self-discipline. It is also where appropriate behavior is learned, traditions fostered, and commitments to others established. There is no substitute for the ʻohana - church, school, and government programs can only supplement and reinforce what is learned in the ʻohana. Unfortunately, the basic unit of social stability is under attack, internally and externally. The glue that has bonded our society for generations is dissolving.
Financial problems, selfishness, infidelity, addiction (drugs, alcohol, pornography, and gaming), abuse (physical, verbal, and emotional), and time restraints, have had a devastating impact on the ʻohana and non-traditional families. Much of the negative symptoms experienced in society today can be traced to individuals and groups coming from dysfunctional families.
It takes a village to raise a child. This village, ʻohana, often includes family, friends, and others. The Kānaka Party is committed to promote and protect the integrity and institution of the ʻohana in all of its facets.
Stronger ʻOhana = Better Community
Stronger Communities = Better Society
Stronger Societies = Better Country
Stronger Countries = Better World