Monday, January 09, 2006

Mediation and Cultural Diversity – An Example

According to this article from The Hawaii Channel a federal judge proposed a way to end a standoff that has kept a Hawaiian leader in prison after refusing to tell where Hawaiian artifacts have been placed in Big Island burial caves. The judge suggested participation in a Hawaiian-style mediation process. What isn’t clear from the judge’s proposal was whether this was ho’oponopono or some other form of mediation. A cultural concern is what form of mediation the court was talking about.

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