In the Hawaii of my childhood, the whole village was your family. Their sorrows were your sorrows, and your sorrows became their sorrows. We were all related and could not help but love one another. As a child, I called my neighbors uncle or tutu or auntie; a practice still observed by Hawaiian families today. We call it a calabash relationship, derived from sharing a big pot of poi that everyone dips into – family and strangers all.
CITE: The Book of Aloha: A collection of Hawaiian Proverbs and Inspirational Wisdom by Mutual Publishing, Inc.