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The Practice of Hanai

The Practice of Hanai
Hanai (v.)
·to adopt, to be close; to nourish, to sustain the culture ·basically a paperless, not legally binding adoption, but a verbal agreement between parties involved.No written records were necessary.(In old Hawaii there was no written language.) Adoption promise, “nau ke keiki kukae a na’au”, which literally translates to, “I give you this child, intestines and all.” ·a kanaka maoli custom whereby a family adopts a child given by someone else and raises that child as a family member ·a tradition, a part of history In old Hawaii, life revolved around the extended family and the clan; it was a 'ohana' (family) society (a group of both closely and distantly related people who shared nearly everything: land, food, children, status, and the spirit of aloha.) Hawaiians viewed family as relatives, as well as people who they loved or people who joined them in cooperative actions.Children were raised not only by their parents, but by grandparents and other rela…