OHANA is a term used in Hawaiian culture, meaning family, but in a much wider sense.
We humans are social beings; scientifically speaking, we leak emotions to each other and even if some may believe that solitude is much better, deep down every person needs that support, love and compassion which comes with being in a relationship.
The Hawaiian culture is merged with the idea of interconnection with yourself, the land where you live, and with others. According to Hawaii and traditionally speaking, we are all OHANA. It can be family (kinship), friends, neighbors or simply a stranger. It doesn't matter. What matters is that these people from the same OHANA are bound together for life. Being a part of an OHANA is a great honour. It is actually a blessing as they say: "Having somewhere to go is Home. Having someone to love is Family. Having both is a Blessing"
There is no better example of an OHANA than us. By us I mean all the university students. Most of us left their hometown to start a new adventure; new city (Settat in our case), new school, new neighbors, new friends and basically new everything. We came to Settat with almost nothing, but we made it. We turned this city from a tedious, unexplored space, to our home, a place that we are anxiously waiting to come back to, a place where we are comfortable, a place where we gather, enjoy and have fun all the time, a place that englobes all our memories but most importantly a place where some people who were once strangers are now best friends, a place where a group of people with different heritage, cultural background, social status are now an OHANA.
Finally, let's end this by remembering a very meaningful sentence said in Disney's movie " Lilo and Stitch":
"OHANA means family and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten."
What about you dear reader, who is your OHANA?