EHCC Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct

The East Hawai'i Cultural Center Code of Conduct works to uphold the Aloha Spirit, as written into the laws of the State of Hawaiʻi (HRS §5-7.5). The Aloha Spirit is defined as “the coordination of mind and heart within each person. It brings each person to the self. Each person must think and emote good feelings to others.” Likewise, aloha is a word that “is more than word of greeting or farewell or a salutation...[it] means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return.” Aloha can further be understood through the following unuhi laulā loa (very broad translation) based on each letter of the word:

Akahai, meaning kindness to be expressed with tenderness;

Lōkahi, meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony;

ʻOluʻolu, meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness;

Haʻahaʻa, meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty;

Ahonui, meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance.

We therefore pledge, and ask that all who join us pledge, to:

  • Continue EHCC’s efforts to model an inclusive workplace where diversity of thought, experience, and history is encouraged.

  • Respect all persons, even those with whom we disagree.

  • Cultivate positive, friendly, and welcoming relationships with staff members, board members, volunteers, and visitors.

  • Listen carefully to and address constructive criticism we may receive from those within and outside of our organization.

  • Refrain from any discriminatory, harassing, aggressive, or exclusionary behavior or speech.

  • Work to resolve any conflicts that arise within EHCC, without spreading negative comments to the community at large.

If you see behavior that is in conflict with these principles, please report it to the leader of the activity you are participating in or to EHCC personnel by phone (808-961-5711) or email ([email protected] or [email protected]) as soon as possible.

Anyone engaged in unacceptable behavior will be asked to stop immediately. EHCC may use its sole discretion to manage disruptions, including requesting people leave the premises and/or arranging a mediation session, following its established protocols, to resolve conflict.