In Hawaiian culture the taro plant symbolizes family or “Ohana”. The word Ohana itself comes from the taro. The “Oha” are the new growth emerging from the corm, an underground storage organ that is the foundation of the taro. Adding the word “na” pluralizes the Oha, thereby creating a group growing together or an “Ohana”.
Within the word Ohana are the words “Ha” and “Hana”. “Ha” is the sacred breath of life carried by all and which joins us. beings. “Hana” is the work into which we breathe our life; and in which we engage with joy knowing it is through our shared work that we make our family relationships healthy and vibrant.
Pacific Quest’s Young Adult Family Program has become a haven in which families come to practice joyfully breathing life into their relationships. In 2017, our Family Program had the privilege of hosting 316 students and caregivers. With over 90% of our students participating in Family Program, PQ is an Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare (OBH) program that continues to emphasize integration and diversity, something the garden teaches us is essential for resiliency.