‘Ho’o ponopono’ means “to make something right”. Actually, I saw ‘Ho’o ponopono’ at Polynesian culture center. I went Polynesian culture center this spring break. I watched variety of show and native Hawaiian’s culture. And I deeply impressed with ‘Ho’o ponopono’ that is Hawaiian’s peculiar ritual.
‘Ho’o ponopono’ is an ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. Traditionally, ‘Ho’o ponopono’ is practiced by healing priests or kahuna lapa’au among family members of a person who is physically ill. ‘Ho’o ponopono’ is defined in the Hawaiian dictionary as “mental cleansing-family conferences in which relationships were set right through prayer, discussion, confession, repentance, and mutual restitution and forgiveness.”
Literally, hoʻo is a particle used to make an actualizing verb from the following noun, as would “to” before a noun in English. Here, it creates a verb from the noun pono, which is defined as “goodness, morality, excellence, well-being, prosperity, welfare, benefit, true condition or nature, proper, right, just, fair, beneficial, successful, accurate, correct, necessary.” Ponopono is defined as “to put to rights-to put in order or shape, correct, revise, adjust, amend, regulate, arrange, rectify, tidy up, make orderly or neat”.