The Pono Pledge
Pono [po-no] is a Hawaiian word that encompasses multiple related meanings. Among them are goodness, morality, excellence, prosperity; moral, proper, righteous, virtuous, correct; purpose, plan; hope. The collective meaning of the term embodies the spirit, practice, and state of living in righteousness and harmony in relation to the ‘āina (land) and its inhabitants. As such, Pono is a value and way of life deeply rooted in Hawaiian culture that the people of Hawaii continue to aspire to and uphold today.
So how can you practice Pono?
Be kind, be responsible, and be respectful in regards to the people, culture, and environment around you at all times. Please join us in striving to be Pono in Hawaii by taking the Pono Pledge (www.ponopledge.com). And don’t stop there! By mindfully adopting Pono into our lives wherever we go, we can make not only Hawaii but the world a more thoughtful and harmonious place.
The Pono Pledge
I pledge to be pono (righteous) on the island of Hawai‘i.
I will mindfully seek wonder,
but not wander where I do not belong.
I will not defy death for breathtaking photos,
trespass or venture beyond safety.
I will mālama (care for) land and sea,
and admire wildlife only from afar.
Molten lava will mesmerize me,
but I will not disrupt its flow.
I will not take what is not mine,
leaving lava rocks and sand as originally found.
I will heed ocean conditions,
never turning my back to the Pacific.
When rain falls ma uka (inland),
I will remain high above ground, out of rivers and streams.
I will embrace the concept of being a steward of the land,
revered as my loving chief.
E ʻapo i ke aʻo a hoʻohana, a e ʻoi mau ka naʻauao.
Those who apply their teachings increase their knowledge.