Seeking Wholeness and Balance


Liliʻuokalani Trust (LT) is collaborating with Kamehameha Schools (KS), Papa Ola Lōkahi, and the Queen’s Health System to develop a more complete picture of wellbeing through educational briefs and reports that highlight Native Hawaiian wellbeing. Sourced from the annual ʻImi Pono household survey, our organizations use these data to inform our strategic progress and assist with programming.

At LT, we believe that a positive cultural identity is core to wellbeing. ʻImi Pono provides us with statewide data that point to a strong sense of traditional Hawaiian cultural identity, such as connection to spirituality and to the ʻāina and use of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.

LT looks at the development of a positive cultural identity within our kamaliʻi as a key marker of resilience: knowing who they are; where they come from; and how to navigate the future guided by a strong sense of self, ʻohana, and community.

Strengthening cultural identity is a cross-cutting outcome for all LT programs.

One program that integrates cultural knowledge and practices is Puʻu Lei o Liliʻu, a program for kamaliʻi that centers on Queen Liliʻuokalani and her historical struggles and strengths along with understanding their personal heritage (for example the history behind their names).

Other examples include Hoʻopono, a program that focuses on spirituality and traditional values to ground participants as they address ʻohana issues, and Kaumaha, a practice that uses Native Hawaiian traditions to address grief, loss, and trauma.

Findings from the 2023 ʻImi Pono survey that relate to a sense of cultural identity for Native Hawaiians include:

  • 78% report their cultural heritage is important to their wellbeing (compared to 52% of Non-Hawaiians)
  • 69% report a belief in a higher power as important to their wellbeing (compared to 56% of Non-Hawaiians)
  • 45% report interacting with the ʻāina (land) or kai (ocean) for cultural reasons (compared to 24% of Non-Hawaiians)
  • 16% report intermediate or advanced fluency in common ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (compared to 4% of Non-Hawaiians)

LT, KS, Papa Ola Lōkahi, and the Queen’s Health System closely collaborate to support the wellbeing of our Native Hawaiian kamaliʻi, ʻohana, and lāhui. The ʻImi Pono findings confirm that culture is important to building resiliency among the lāhui. The findings align with LT’s Hawaiian culture-based approach to achieving our vision: nā kamalei lupalupa (thriving Hawaiian children).

For more information about the surveys and results: