As a cultural response to bullying in the schools, student groups were encouraged to actively Grow Pono – to foster respect, harmony and peace for everyone at their school.
E Ola Pono means to live with respect for and to seek harmony with those around you and the environment in which you live. Growing Pono Schools and the statewide E Ola Pono Campaign challenged student groups to create activities and projects which promote these traits within their schools and communities.
Student led projects and campaigns have proven to be the most effective and powerful initiatives to reduce harassment and bullying in schools. Pono, a way of being and doing in Hawaiian culture, guides us “to do what is right.” The Pono Campaign offered students an opportunity to positively influence peers, promote a safe, respect-filled school environment, and effect a positive impact on their communities.