Hawai‘i Wisdom

Hawai‘i Wisdom

Sleeping GiantA giant anuenue, or rainbow, is seen here last fall enveloping the Sleeping Giant in Wailua, Kaua‘i’s Eastside.

“Kau ka ‘ōnohi ali‘i i luna,” or the royal eyes rest above, is an ancient Hawaiian proverb which means the sight of a rainbow is a sign the gods are watching the chiefs.

“Kulia i ka nu‘u” is another ancient Hawaiian proverb, meaning strive for the summit, or excellence. It was the motto of Queen Kapi‘olani, wife of King Kalakaua and daughter of Kaua‘i Princess Kinoiki Kekaulike.

Source: ‘Olelo No‘eau by Mary Kawena Pukui.

By | 2016-11-10T05:42:06+00:00 January 11th, 2014|0 Comments

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Léo Azambuja, editor of For Kaua‘i, has won multiple journalism awards in the state of Hawai‘i, including investigative and enterprise reporting, spot news and feature writing, photojournalism and online reporting.

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