Hawaii’s cherished notion of household, the ‘ohana, endures in tragedy’s aftermath

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Households have been torn asunder. A neighborhood is reeling with grief. Greater than 100 folks have perished and a whole bunch extra stay lacking after flames and smoke barreled from the hills and annihilated the historic city of Lahaina.

However even in locations overwhelmed by despair and devastation, the Hawaiian spirit often called ‘ohana endures.

Within the Hawaiian lexicon, ‘ohana is a sensibility, a mind-set which means household, belonging, neighborhood and a lot extra — solace in a time of calamity. It’s a unifying precept in an more and more fragmented world. And in latest weeks, amid misfortune, the phrase has taken on profound significance in a spot interesting for assist.