We’re gearing up for the movie retreat this week by power washing the moss covered driveway, trimming the palm trees, and freshening up our ‘ohana area. In Hawaiian, ‘ohana refers to a close group of friends resembling family, where no one gets left behind… the extended family. The ‘ohana area is at the center of the grounds here at the Extension Center. This space serves for spontaneous connections, where one might sit in stillness during an active day, and as dining space on warm Hawaiian days. The word ‘ohana is a great symbol for the powerful connections and acceptance witnessed and experienced each day with this devoted group of people.