Hawaii Drug Program Teaches Traditions

Treatment Helps Patients Find Strength in Their Culture

A group therapy session at Ho'omau Ke Ola, a substance abuse program on Oahu. Homelands Productions hide caption

ยป See additional photos and learn more about Ho'omau Ke Ola at the 'Worlds of Difference' Web site.
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A program for drug addicts teaches native Hawaiians about their ancestors, history and culture. The idea is to help the clients see that they are connected to something larger than themselves.

The name of the program, Ho'omau Ke Ola, is Hawaiian for "to perpetuate life as it was meant to be." On Morning Edition, Jon Miller reports on the program as part of the Worlds of Difference series on global cultural changes.

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