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An extended Hawaiian family unit.
Origin: From ʻohana.
Part of Hawaiian culture, ʻohana means family. The concept emphasizes that families are bound together and members must cooperate and remember one another. The term is cognate with the New Zealand Māori term whānau. In current Hawaiian culture the term ʻohana is strictly used for blood relations. Non-familial groupings always instead use the word "hui". In Hawaiian, the word ʻohana begins with an ʻokina, indicating a glottal stop. The root word ʻohā refers to the root or corm of the kalo, or taro plant, which Kanaka Maoli consider to be their cosmological ancestor. In contemporary Hawaiian economic and regulatory practice, an "ʻohana unit" is a part of a house or a separate structure on the same lot that may contain a relative but which may not be rented to the general public. Ohana is a key theme in Disney's 2002 film, Lilo & Stitch and the succeeding television series based on the film.
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