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Hawaiian Word of the Day: Kuleana

Updated: Apr. 17, 2015 at 9:51 AM HST
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The Hawaiian Word of the Day is kuleana. Kuleana is a uniquely Hawaiian value and practice which is loosely translated to mean "responsibility." The word kuleana refers to a reciprocal relationship between the person who is responsible, and the thing which they are responsible for.

For example, Hawaiians have a kuleana to our land: to care for it and to respect it, and in return, our land has the kuleana to feed, shelter, and clothe us, through this relationship we maintain balance within society and with our natural environment.

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