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In the Hawaiian language, â€œ â€˜ohanaâ€ means â€œfamily,â€ and â€œ â€˜ohana conferencingâ€ refers to Hawaiiâ€™s application of family group conferencing for select child protective services cases. This variety of conferencing draws from traditional Hawaiian values and the example of New Zealandâ€™s Maori people. It emphasizes building partnerships and collaboration between state institutions and families. A key Hawaiian value in all of this is the concept of â€œpono,â€ meaning goodness, uprightness, morality, and equity. In this regard, â€œhoâ€™oponoponoâ€ is a group process for putting things right in response to conflict which has disturbed â€œpono.â€ In this article, Lorenn describes the use of â€˜ohana conferencing in Hawaii to address child abuse and neglect cases.
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