In response to the Covid-19 situation, the annual statewide E Ola Pono Campaign launched the ʻOhana Pono Challenge. ‘Ohana Pono Challenge was an opportunity for Hawaii’s families to nurture their Mind (mana‘o), Body (kino) and Spirit (ʻuhane) during the CoVID-19 Stay-at-Home mandate. For the past 13 years, the HIDOE and the Hawai’i Association of Independent Schools have both endorsed the E Ola Pono Campaign. This was Hawaii’s chance to share something positive with the world!

The ʻOhana Pono Challenge encouraged students and families to work together on activities or projects that promoted Pono. To live Pono is to always strive to do what is right for others and the environment.

Who participated? All families with children K-12 across the state of Hawaiʻi! They sent us pictures or a video (or both!) along with a paragraph or two describing how their families were practicing Pono during these challenging times. Some examples: helping someone in need, creative ways to exercise and stay healthy around the home, and various fun activities that promoted Pono in their family or community. Cash prizes were awarded to standout family projects!