On the first Monday of the month a traditional or modern moʻolelo depicting the culture, values, language or traditions of Hawaiʻi, will be shared through a virtual platform. These mo‘olelo promote literacy within the classroom and home, and encourage ʻohana to read and learn together. Moʻolelo are shared by staff and guest storytellers.
In the 1820’s, Kauikeaouli, Kamehameha III was the catalyst for the rise of literacy in Hawaiʻi. He stated, “ ʻO Koʻu Aupuni, he Aupuni palapala koʻu. My kingdom shall be a kingdom of literacy”. Within our moʻokalaleo, we share a literacy component that extends our moʻolelo journey.
ʻO Hinaʻaiakamalama nona ka moʻolelo
Weekly, a Mo‘o ‘Ōlelo, a succession of Hawaiian words or phrases will be shared. The mana‘o behind each word or phrase relates to the mo‘olelo being presented. This component will enhance cultural awareness and knowledge through Hawaiian language.
ʻōlelo Noeʻau #2194:
Molokaʻi nui a Hina
Great Molokaʻi, land of Hina
The goddess Hina-nui-a-(ka)-lana (Hinanu) is the mother of the priestly island Moloka’i after her short relationship with Wākea the primal father.
Hina feeding on the moon.
One version of the Hina Myths found in Hawaiian Mythology, says that the food calabash that was entrusted to Hina by her brother contained the moon and stars that escaped to the heavens.
Hina-ʻai-malama named her calabash after her brother Kipapa-lau-ula, who was placed as a guard to Hina by their father Kukeapua. Hina was his favorite child and idol.
Hina the tapa beater
It is well known that the goddess Hina was an expert at kapa making. So silky and soft was her cloth that we have never seen any like it.
The goddess Hina appears as a strong female force in Hawaiian creation myths and chants.
She is seen as a female creative and productive power of the physical world as well as a common ancestor to many mythical and real personages. (source:Hina the Goddess written by Dietrich Varez)
Join us as we learn more about Hina and her many forms.