Ohana means family


“Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.”

Such a simple quote from a charming Disney movie but for one of my kids, one that lives in fear of being left behind or forgotten, the message is profound and promising.

The fear never leaves. Even in the middle of a fairy tale vacation he worries that this will all end if he messes up. Just yesterday as he sat with me in a time out in the parking lot of the Polynesian Resort (because of a big temper tantrum) he said to me, Now you’re going to get rid of me, aren’t you?”

The lesson of ‘Ohana is one that will be hoped for until it is believed. And for Ozzie, believing that this is forever and that family never gets left behind or forgotten is going to take time and testing. He tests us with his worst behavior and we remain…we do not walk away…and with time he will believe.

Yesterday we had breakfast at ‘Ohana. It was a character breakfast with Lilo and Stich.

When we arrived we waited to be seated.

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We were soon called in by the hostess. She walked us to the table while explaining the meaning behind the word, ‘Ohana, and how the meal is served. Then the feast began. The food was served family style with platters of food being placed in the middle of the table. You could then dish up what you like. They kept refilling until you had to be rolled out of the restaurant.  🙂 The food was delicious!


They served:

Hua Paka.: scrambled eggs

Uala Kahiki: fried potatoes

Pua’a: pork sausage and bacon

As well as sweet breads, fruit, and Mickey Waffles!


My favorite part of the meal was the juice. It was so good…


Tyler’s favorite part of the meal were the scrambled eggs. Can you tell?

Serving number three.

Serving number three.

Once we were settled and enjoying our breakfast the characters began making their rounds…







Ohana means family!

‘Ohana means family!

We will be heading back to ‘Ohana in a few days for dinner, but until then…


“I believe in Aloha and kindness,

‘Ohana first, and meaningful friendships,

counting my blessings, and giving to others.

I choose to see the good in life even during times of struggle.

I am grateful for the life I have and all the wonderful people who make this journey with me.”

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