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What Is Ho‘oponopono?

What Is Ho‘oponopono? Jim Nourse

Perhaps the best place to begin an answer to this question is how to pronounce Ho‘oponopono! Think three words: HOh-oh POH-no POH-no. The closest English translation is "to make right" or "to correct an error."

It is both a philosophy and a method that, although being practiced by thousands in many countries, is the subject of only a few books and YouTube videos. The phrases, "I'm sorry," "Please forgive me," "I love you," and "Thank you" have almost become synonymous with Ho‘oponopono .

As originally practiced in Polynesia, Ho‘oponopono was a method of conflict resolution designed to restore harmony in families and communities when tensions became prominent. It is still used this way today and has even had an influence on modern approaches to mediation.