Ho’o: To Make
Pono: Right. Right with one’s ancestors. Righteous. Mental Cleansing. Mutual Restitution or Forgiveness. Correct. To make ready a canoe as canoe-men preparing to catch a wave.
Ho’oponopono means to make right. Doubling a word in the Hawaiian language doubles or emphasizes its meaning. So to make righteous, or to correct. When I ‘make right’ or righteous with myself, I become aligned with the Universe, and it conspires on my behalf. That which I correct in myself, I correct for all, as we are all one.
In the past, a Kahuna was required to perform Ho’oponopono within a family system or between two or more people.