‘Ike aku, ‘ike mai, kokua aku kokua mai; pela iho la ka nohana ‘ohana
Recognize others, be recognized, help others, be helped; such is a family relationship.
Many native Hawaiians live with their extended family and family is the most important part of life for them. This saying teaches why they should put family first…In the ohana or family, you know others and they know you, you help others and know you will be helped if there is anything you need.
To ensure the smooth operation of the Halau and encourage family support, the parents of children under the age of 12 are required to volunteer 20 hours a year. This includes participation of fundraisers, setting up the Halau prior to class or cleaning up after class, helping make costumes etc. All students over the age of twelve are also required to kokua 20 hours per year.