Hawai’i: The spirit of Aloha (welcome, love) and Ho`oponopono (balance, understanding)
“This year [that was 2010] marked the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the unification of the Hawaiian Islands into one kingdom, under King Kamehameha. This year also marked 51 years of statehood and more than 100 years since Hawaii [by illegal annexation] became a United States territory. And yet the people of Hawaii have still not been given the chance to participate in a government-to-government relationship similar to those already extended to this nation’s other indigenous [Native Americans and indigenous Alaskan] people.” — From a speech by Hawai’i Sen. Akaka
“Behold not with anger the sins of man, but forgive and cleanse.” — Queen Lili’uokalani
“The Hawai’i Forgiveness Project was started in 2002 by a diverse group of people in island society. We were concerned to bring greater harmony to our people, and were inspired by the example of International Forgiveness Day.
“Hawai’i is a multicultural society whose people deeply respect the values of the first people who first settled our islands, long ago.
“A life of forgiveness is demonstrated clearly by traditional
Hawaiian culture, through the spirit of Aloha (welcome, love) and the practice of Ho`oponopono (balance, understanding).
“We support forgiveness in all its religious, artistic,
personal, judicial, educational, social and political forms.
Hawai’i is an example for the world, both small in size
and large in significance, of what is true and possible.”