Ho'oponopono is a Hawaiian word defined in the Pukui and Elbert Hawaiian Dictionary as "Mental cleansing: family conferences in whichrelationships were set right through prayer, discussion, confession, repentance,and mutual restitution and forgiveness."

The term has been popularized as a form of family or personal therapy.

Some practitioners believe it is an ancient Hawaiian practice. To date, the earliest documentation of a practice called ho'oponopono is from Mary Kawena Pukui,who recorded her experiences and observations from her childhood (born 1895) inher 1958 book. (Handy & Pukui), as well as her scholarly study Nana i keKumu [volumes 1 and 2] with psychiatrist Dr. Haertig.

Pukui described it as a practice of extended family members meeting to try to"make right" broken family relations ("making right" is the literal translation of the Hawaiian term). Traditional ho’oponopono sessions include "prayer, discussion, confession, repentance,mutual restitution, and forgiveness." (Cody)

In the 1980s, MorrnahSimeona developed an updated and streamlined version of ho'oponopono that is practiced by the individual alone. Her practice continues to be taught by her students in Hawai'i, as well as the rest of the world. According to Morrnah Simeona, ho'oponopono is a Hawaiian healing process based on the principles of total responsibility, taking responsibility for everyone's actions. She taught if one would take complete responsibility for one's life, then everything one would see, hear, taste, touch, or in any way experience is one's responsibility because it is in one's life. Total Responsibility advocates that everything exists as a projection from inside the human being. The problem isn't with our external reality, it is with ourselves and to change our reality, we would have to change ourselves. This is more a less a simple form of solipsism.

Statement of Release
Morrnah N. Simeona*

DIVINE CREATOR: Father, Mother, Son as ONE:

If I (we),____________________, my (our) families, relative, and ancestors have offendedyou, __________________, your families, relatives and ancestors, in thoughts,words and actions from the beginning of our creation to thepresent,

Humbly, humbly I (we) ask you (all) for forgiveness for all my(our) errors, resentments, guilts, hatred, hurts, trauma or pain, offenses,blocks, etc., which I (we) have created and accumulated from the beginning tothe present. PLEASE FORGIVE ME!

(Response) YES, _________________, I (WE)FORGIVE YOU!

LET THIS WATER CLEANSE, PURIFY AND RELEASE ME (US), offender and offended FROM SPIRITUAL, MENTAL, MATERIAL, FINANCIAL, AND KARMIC BONDAGE.(Note: The use of actual water is not necessary. A symbolic sprinkling gesture made with the hand will be sufficient to suggest water.)

Pull out fromour Memory Bank or Computer ALL THE UNWANTED, NEGATIVE MEMORIES AND BLOCKS that attach, knot, tie, and bind us together.

SEVER, DETACH, UNTIE, AND RELEASE these unwanted memories and blocks.

Transmute These Unwanted Energies to “Pure Light”!

Fill the spaces these energies occupied with Divine Light.

Let “Divine Order,” Light, Love, Peace, Balance,Understanding, Joy, Wisdom and Abundance be made manifest for us through the Divine Power of the Divine Father, Creator of all life, Mother, Son as ONE, in whom we abide, rest, and have our being... NOW AND FOREVER MORE.AMEN.

* Morrnah N. Simeona presented theHo‘oponopono process for the first time at our Huna World Convention inPonolu‘u, Hawaii in August, 1980.

Another simple way to use Ho'oponopono is to  say the following:
I love you,
I'm sorry,
Please forgive me,
Thank you.
Say this phrase silently to yourself, say it as often as possible and preferably say it all the time. Is silently saying 'I love you, I'm sorry, please forgive me, thank you' all there is to ho'oponopono? No, it can go broader than that. Our experience is that as people use ho'oponopono, they seek more information about it and their application of the technique expands and they become better at it. But silently saying 'I love you, I'm sorry, please forgive me, thank you' is ho'oponopono and it does work.