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Kamalama Parenting

Kamalama Parenting is a Hawaiian Values based parenting curriculum, rooted in the understanding that parents are their children’s first teachers.

Kamalama Parenting is a Hawaiian Values based parenting curriculum, rooted in the understanding that parents are their children’s first teachers. Through the Kamalama program parents and caregivers come to realize how much of their own values and belief systems contribute to their style of parenting.  Over the course of the program, parents are introduced to a set of traditional Hawaiian values that reflect universal principle of positive parenting.

The values and materials in the program are introduced through short narratives, stories, experiential learning, and opportunities to “talk-story”.  Parents are encouraged to reflect upon, practice, and model these values at home with their children and extended family.

Ideally these classes are offered in a group setting of 10-12 individuals.  However, Neighborhood Place of Puna’s trained outreach staff can also work with families, in their homes, on learning Kamalama parenting.

The Kamalama Curriculum includes the following:

  • Lesson l:  The Value of Loina (custom, tradition).  Participants will explore the definition of values and understand how important values are in building character and how it affects the way they parent their children.  Participants will understand how words can be used to encourage or discourage and will learn how to establish rules and principles for their own ‘ohana.
  • Lesson 2:  The Value of ‘Ohana (family, kin) and Lokahi (harmony, balance).  Participants will explore the definition of ‘Ohana and understand the functions of the ‘ohana and how important each of them are in bringing about Lokahi within the family setting.
  • Lesson 3:  The Value of Aloha (love, empathy) and Ho’omana (spirituality).  Participants will explore the definition of Aloha and understand how aloha affects all of the other values they believe in.  Participants will understand how important it is to understand their child’s individuality and how as parents we can love them unconditionally and meaningfully.
  • Lesson 4:  The Value of Kuleana (Responsibility).  Participants will explore the definition of Kuleana and understand how early Hawaiians related their kuleana to the ‘aina.  They will understand how they as parents/caregivers can develop family chores and responsibilities for their ‘ohana and learn what boundaries will do for their children.
  • Lesson 5:  The Value of Hana Pono (correct behavior) and Laulima (working together.  Participants will identify positive reinforcements for their children and possible family projects they can accomplish together.
  • Lesson 6:  The Value of Malama (care for, protect, maintain, attend to).    Participants will identify some positive discipline methods and how to incorporate the value of Malama and how it pertains in disciplining children.
  • Lesson 7 and 8:  The Value of Launa ‘Olelo (friendly, sociable dialogue or communication).  Participants will learn the value of good parent/child communication.  Participants will gain skills that will assist them in communicating properly and respectfully to their children.
  • Lesson 9:  The Values of Ho’ohiki (to promise); Hilina’i (to rely on, to trust) and Ho’oponopono (to make right).  Participants will learn how much children rely on their parents/caregivers and how important it is to keep the promises we make to them.  Participants will also learn the value of Ho’oponopono to make things right in the ‘ohana through this practice of problem solving.
  • Lesson 10:.The Values of Ho’omau (to preserve, perpetuate, continue); Ho’oma’ama’a (to experience, practice, embrace) and Ho’olaule’a (to celebrate).  Participants will learn the importance of continuing the traditions and values that are important to the Hawaiian culture and to their ‘ohana.

For more information please call our office at 808-965-5550 or email: info@neighborhoodplace.org

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