The Meaning of ‘Ohana

“Ohana means family and family means no one gets left behind or forgotten”- Lilo, Lilo and Stitch 

Ohana is a very apparent theme in Lilo and Stitch. The quote above is said by the three main characters, all in different situations when they need to remind each other of what is important. Many people who have seen this movie or even heard about the movie will tell you that they know that Ohana means family. What many people don’t know if that Ohana has a much deeper meaning than just family.

Ohana can be traced back for hundred of years in the Hawaiian culture. It is something that all Hawaiian people embrace and portray in their daily lives. Though it can mean a persons direct family, it can mean so much more. Ohana can mean neighbors, communities and any group that a person is a part of. It means that love and care for the people that you interact with and alway look out for their well-being.

Ohana focus’ a lot on the future. It means that people in a group are always looking out for the next generation that will take over after them, and even the generation after that. It is the attitude of “We work so that those of seven generations from now can benefit” (Hino, 2006)