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Managing with Kahou


Kahou means we are all in it together. Together we are stronger. Together we are better. Kahou is all about inclusiveness. It acknowledges that we are not on the earth alone. Kahou is less intimate than ohana.

It is common to address a group as Aloha mai kahou, which means offering your aloha to everyone there, including yourself. It asks permission to be included in their conversations and their attentions. It promotes sharing. Kahou means all of us; it is the language of we. There is no me versus them, no us versus them. You may be the boss, but you are one of them. If you hear your employees talking about our company instead of the company, you are on the right track

Kahou is achieved when the collaboration has resulted in perfect harmony and unity. There is a saying, with Kahou in place when everyone is working together; they are reminded to ‘carry the weight but not the burden.’ This saying is from King Kamehameha, who also said to his warriors, ‘lift the rock, not the weight.’ Kahou is the value of effective communication. Let kahou infuse your voice to bring life and reality to the words you speak.

Hapai ka pohaku aka mail hapai ka kaumaha. No burden, no task, no goal, no mission will be too great when we are kahou (together.)


CITE: MANAGING WITH ALOHA: Bringing Hawaii’s Universal Values to the Art of Business by Rosa Say




Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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