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HAWAII ART - Mosaics

Hawaii is a way of life and a way of thinking. The Hawaiian concepts of pono, aloha, aina, ohana and mana are crucial to understanding how Hawaii has consistently ranked as the least stressed and happiest state in America. 

Pono generally translates to righteousness.  Living pono means living “with a conscious decision to do the right thing in terms of self, others, and the environment.”  People in Hawaii are constantly surrounded by an affirmation or mantra to live life with love.  

Aina means land.  Hawaiians see their identities and wellbeing entwined with the land, and so respecting it and living in it are of the utmost importance.  

Ohana means family.  The word comes from oha, which is the highly revered taro plant, and it signifies that all ohana come from the same root. Hawaiians recognize that we all came from the same root and thus we're all part of the same family.  

Mana is a life energy that flows through all things and is highly individual.  Having meaningful work to do, enjoying harmonious relationships with those around you, and being of service in some way all help to gather mana.