Source: (2000) Qualitative Research Reports in Communication. 1(2): 19-25.

The traditional Hawaiian culture is fundamentally collectivistic. As such, family concerns are placed about individual interests. When interpersonal conflicts between family members reach levels of intensity that require the intervention of a third party, an indigenous method of mediation known as ho'opnopono, "setting to right", is normally employed. This paper briefly describes the process of ho'oponopono as well as its use and importance on the context of the traditional Hawaiian family.