“Were it not for the past and those who went before us there would be no present for us now.”
The modern world in which we live brings an ever-bewildering abundance of changes, inventions and ways of relating to others. Interestingly though humans seem to need a certain degree of rooted-ness, an “anchor” frequently formed by habitual patterns for necessary chores. Hawaiians must also contend with the influence Mainland culture has on Hawaiian modern-day life! Mainland culture stresses economic prosperity as manifested by a gospel of “more” whereas Hawaiian culture stresses a responsible use of all that has been provided us. While Hawaiians prize kuleana (an individual’s obligations to family and society) Mainlanders defend individual “rights.” Mainland culture stresses geographic and relational mobility whereas Hawaiian culture stresses ʻohana and maintaining familial relationships.
Hawaiʻi’s’ values are so different from the Mainland’s because of Hawaiʻi’s understanding that although we live in the present, were it not for the past and those who went before us there would be no present…
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