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Hawai‘i Wisdom — May 2017

A minister conducts the service at the Waioli Church in Hanalei, on this picture taken in 1934. Photo courtesy of Waioli Corporation Hele wale a lulu i na manu “The birds are so numerous that they cast a shade.” Said of a great crowd of people. Source: ‘Ōlelo No‘eau, by Mary Kawena Pukui

By | 2017-05-23T03:31:17+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Hawai‘i Wisdom — April 2017

Hanalei Bay can been seen here from Kilohana Lookout in Koke‘e in March. The heavy clouds on this day briefly allowed a view of the North Shore. Kilohana Lookout is reachable through a four-mile hike starting at the Kalalau Lookout. “Luʻuluʻu Hanalei i ka ua nui; kaumaha i ka noe o Alakaʻi.” Heavily [...]

By | 2017-04-21T18:40:22+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Hawai‘i Wisdom — March 2017

Chiefess Kamakahelei statue, by artist Karen Lucas, in front of Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School in Puhi. Chiefess Kamakahelei, ruler of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau, was known throughout the Hawaiian Islands to possess a dreadful prayer. Supposedly, fire Goddess Pele taught Kamakahelei the feared ‘ane‘ekapuahi. When prayed upon someone, the ‘ane‘ekapuahi was believed to cause [...]

By | 2017-03-15T10:50:11+00:00 March 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Hawai‘i Wisdom — February 2017

He ali‘i ke aloha, he kilohana e pa‘ai ai. “Love is like a chief: the best prize to hold fast to.” Source: ‘Ōlelo No‘eau, by Mary Kawena Pukui Sonal and Rohit came to Kaua‘i in December to get married by the beach, in a traditional Indian wedding. They brought along several friends and family members [...]

By | 2017-02-09T08:54:41+00:00 February 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Hawai‘i Wisdom — January 2017

Kalalau Community Garden ‘Ai no i kalo mo‘a “One can eat cooked taro.” The work is done; one can sit at ease and enjoy himself. Source: ‘Olelo No‘eau, by Mary Kawena Pukui The kalo, or taro, seen here has yet to be harvested and thoroughly cooked. But the work that went into restoring [...]

By | 2017-01-03T19:06:21+00:00 January 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Hawai‘i Wisdom — December 2016

I maika‘i ke kalo i ka ‘ōhā.
 “The goodness of the taro is judged by the young plant it produces.” Parents are often judged by the behavior of their children. Source: ‘Ōlelo No‘eau by Mary Kawena Pukui Leilani Rivera Low, right, sings while her daughter performs hula during the Lu‘au Makaīwa at the Courtyard Marriott [...]

By | 2016-12-24T12:40:24+00:00 December 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Hawai‘i Wisdom — November 2016

Kauluwai Yamashita, left, and brother Nohokai Yamashita, visiting from Molokai, get ready to dive into a couple of burgers at Kenji Burgers in Kapa‘a, Kauaʻi’s Eastside. Le‘a ke kau ‘ai. “The time for food is pleasing.” One can eat with pleasure — there are no wars, just peace. Source: ‘Ōlelo No‘eau, by Mary [...]

By | 2016-11-12T10:54:30+00:00 November 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Hawai‘i Wisdom — October 2016

The Nāmāhoe is seen here on its inauguration Sept. 11 leaving Nawiliwili Harbor toward Kalapaki Bay, where it was greeted by hundreds. The double-hulled canoe was built following ancient Polynesian voyaging canoe design, but with modern materials. Pa‘akiki kānaka o Kauaʻi “Tough are the men of Kaua‘i.” O‘ahu was once inhabited by supernatural [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:40:18+00:00 October 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Hawai‘i Wisdom — September 2016

Coconut trees are seen here at Morgan’s Ponds at Lydgate Park in Wailua. Volunteers from Friends of Kamalani and Lydgate Park have been maintaining and enhancing the public facilities at the park for more than 20 years. Some projects Kamalani Playground and Pavilion, Kamalani Kai Bridge and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Sports Park. [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:40:22+00:00 September 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Hawaiʻi Wisdom — August 2016

He luelue ka ʻupena e kuʻu ai. “The fine-meshed net is the one to let down into the sea.” A fine-meshed net misses nothing, big or small. In seeking wealth, the small things are just as important as the big ones. Source: ‘Ōlelo No‘eau, by Mary Kawena Pukui A painting of master throw-net maker ‘Uncle’ [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:40:25+00:00 August 15th, 2016|0 Comments