It is simple and universal. Somebody knocks at the door. The door is opened. Food is put on the table, a bed prepared. And in the evenings we talk story...
"Ola" is the Hawaiian word for life. It is grounded in the unique cultural and environmental landscape of Hawai'i Nei, where cultural contact resulted in tremendous devastations as well as in impressive creativity. The OMNA Institute exists and evolves in dialogue with Hawaii. In this communicative space attentiveness, consideration, respect, autonomy and authentic expression are trained. It is then when society's recall and reclaim of peace, sustainability and creative evolution may be heard in its manigfold reverberations.
If you want to get to know a country and its people, they say, you have to study their stories, their myths, legends and songs. Hula is the dance, dramatisation and living expression of Hawaiian tradition and poetry. The OMNA Institute is a home and a platform for Hula to be studied and performed on its classical foundation in a hula school "without walls": Ka 'Imi Na'auao - in Dialogue with Hawaii.
The OMNA Institute looks up to the stars of a cosmopolitan sky. It is a center for intercultural peace building on a Hawaiian foundation. It is navigating with culture.