When we are born, our family is the first secure place we belong to, and we get to explore the world with. The people who live with us and with whom we grow up are the figures we use as a reference to develop in life and grow: our heroes.
In Hawaiian culture, ohana is your family, friends, neighbors, or even those from important social groups. There are many ways to grow your ohana, because your family members are not only the people with whom you share a bond, but also those people that have always been there.
Those people that know us the most will always love us no matter how many times we make mistakes. When we feel broken or unmotivated, our ohana are those people we turn to for comfort and words of encouragement. They are the people with whom we can be ourselves because we know that they will never judge us, and also who we ask for advice when we feel a little lost.
There is no perfect way to have an ohana or only one way to belong to a home. Your ohana will always be wherever your heart is safe. They are those people who you will always come back for a hug.