Cutting the Cord: Ho'oponopono and Hawaiian Restorative Justice in the Criminal Law Context

23 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2005

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Andrew J. Hosmanek

University of Iowa - Henry B. Tippie College of Business

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Abstract

Ho'oponopono is a traditional Hawaiian dispute resolution system that has recently experienced a resurgence of interest. The word ho'oponopono literally means to make right. In this system, both the offender and victim participate in a type of guided mediation along with other stakeholders in the offense. Ho'oponopono is different from typical mediations because after the session is successfully completed, the participants figuratively cut the cord of legal and psychological entanglement which binds them - in other words, the dispute is put to rest forever. When victim and offender come to a true resolution of the problem, and jointly make the decision to move forward without further conflict on the issue, true healing can occur.

Keywords: Ho'oponopono, hooponopono, mediation, traditional, hawaii, hawaiian, criminal, alternative dispute resolution

Suggested Citation

Hosmanek, Andrew J., Cutting the Cord: Ho'oponopono and Hawaiian Restorative Justice in the Criminal Law Context. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=666263

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