ʻOhana is a Hawaiian term meaning "family" (in an extended sense of the term, including blood-related, adoptive or intentional). The term is cognate with Māori kōhanga, meaning "nest". The root word ʻohā refers to the root or corm of the kalo, or taro plant (the staple "staff of life" in Hawaii), which Kanaka Maoli consider to be their cosmological ancestor.

In contemporary Hawaiian real estate jargon, an "ʻohana unit" is a type of secondary suite. It 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.[1][2][3]

The term also references a theme in Disney's 2002 film, Lilo & Stitch, and throughout its franchise ("ʻOhana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind—or forgotten.").[4]

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  1. ^ "Ohana Zoning Fact Sheet". Archived from the original on September 8, 2007.
  2. ^ "Land Use Permits Division FAQs" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 16, 2012.
  3. ^ "Ohana Pre-Check Form" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 20, 2009.
  4. ^ Grant, Stacey (January 19, 2016). "This Crazy Lilo & Stitch Fan Theory Actually Makes A Ton Of Sense". MTV. Retrieved September 9, 2016.