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n. An extended Hawaiian family unit.


Part of Hawaiian culture, ohana means family (in an extended sense of the term, including blood-related, adoptive or intentional). The concept emphasizes that families are bound together and members must cooperate and remember one another. The term is similar in meaning and usage to the New Zealand Māori term whānau, and its cognate in Māori is kōhanga, meaning "nest".

In Hawaiian, the word ohana begins with an ʻokina, indicating a glottal stop.

The root word ohā refers to the root or corm of the kalo, or taro plant (the staple "staff of life" in Hawaii), which Kanaka Maoli consider to be their cosmological ancestor.

In contemporary Hawaiian economic and regulatory practice, an "ohana 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 is a key theme in Disney's 2002 film, Lilo & Stitch, and throughout its accompanying franchise.

Ohana (disambiguation)

Ohana is the sense of family in Hawaiian culture.

Ohana may also refer to:

Usage examples of "ohana".

In the old days, a hundred years or more ago, every time a geisha arrived at a party to entertain, the mistress of the teahouse lit a stick of one-hour incense-called one ohana, or "flower.

It may sound like a lot, but an unpopular geisha earning one ohana per hour has a grim life.

In Hatsumomo's case, she charged one ohana every fifteen minutes, rather than one every hour.

Pumpkin's earnings may have been high, you see-perhaps as high as three or four ohana every hour.

The cost of one ohana has always been fixed by the Gion Registry Office.

Pumpkin's earnings may have been high, you see perhaps as high as three or four ohana every hour.