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‘EKE (Experiential Kūpuna-inspired Education)

EKE is based on a foundation of Hawaiian culture and practices that explores the traditions of our kūpuna and provides experiential learning through mo‘olelo. Mo‘olelo will support OLA learning units. A digital book list of selected titles, a reading reflection, and activities have been designed and produced for sharing with project participants. This is a collection of books housed in the Lelekamanu Lending Library. Please contact your islandʻs educator to learn more about the availability of specific titles.

Showing 26-50 of 121 Books
Heroes of Hawaii
Many of the heroes such as Mōʻīkeha, Māʻilikūkahi, Kūkaniloko and others helped shape Hawaiʻi before Western contact. Their stories inspire the child and the child-within-us with their remarkable successes over uncertainty, upheavals, and injustices.
Molokai Meʻe, Moʻolelo Armitage, Kimo
Hiʻiaka Battles the Wind
The mo'olelo of Hi'iaka who hears of a wind destroying Waipi'o Valley. Hi'iaka faces the wind with her magical pa'u of lightning.
Oahu Kupua, Meʻe, Moʻolelo, Weather Ahuli'i, Gabrielle
The mo'olelo of Hina who loves her people but wanted to reside in a place that was more peaceful and less noisey. She found her home in the moon.
Oahu Akua, Moʻolelo Ahuli'i, Gabrielle
Hina – The Goddess
This book is a compilation of stories about the goddess Hina inspired by events that occured when the author experienced the power of hula and elements of nature.
Molokai, Oahu Akua, Moʻolelo, Native Plants & Animals Varez, Dietrich
Hina and the Sea of Stars
This story is adapted from the moʻolelo of Hina, goddess of the moon. Hina makes her life journey from sea to sky with the help of her brother and the beautiful ānuenue, rainbow. Today we can see Hina pounding her...
Molokai, Oahu Akua, Moʻolelo, Native Plants & Animals Nordenstrom, Michael
His Majesty’s Goldfish
The Strong family is poor and teased the neighborhood boys. 8-year old Austin and his family have just arrived in the Hawaiian Kingdom. Here, goldfish swim in the horse troughs of the wealthy. But not in the Strong's trough. Theirs...
Molokai, Oahu Aliʻi, Recordings Hayashi, Leslie Ann
Holu the Heʻe Stands Up!
Holu the heʻe learns to be courageous and brave. He stands up for himself and learns from his kupuna how to deal with a bully.
Molokai, Oahu Kai, Meʻe, Moʻolelo, Native Plants & Animals Omoto, Gail; Dill, Judy; Dill, Jan
Honey Girl-The Hawaiian Monk Seal
The story of Honey Girl the Hawaiian Monk Seal who gives birth to multiple pups and survives a life threatening accident.
Oahu Kai, Native Plants & Animals Walker, Jeanne
Honu and Hina – A Story of Coexistence
A story of a Hawaiian turtle and monk seal that become friends. A family comes across them while fishing and the daughter, Pua, becomes fascinated by the monk seals. Her Aunty tells her all about this endangered species.
Oahu Kai, Native Plants & Animals Ching, Patrick
I am a Creature of the Tides: What Am I? (Bilingual)
A bilingual story of a few creatures that live in the tidepools of Hawai'i. Written with clues and a picture to guide the reader to guess which creature it is, this book is interactive and allows the reader to flip...
Oahu ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, Kai, Native Plants & Animals Lindsey, Kynaston Kaika
I Mea Aha Ke Kai? (Bilingual)
An exploration of the ahupuaʻa and the role of natural resources from the mountain to the sea.
Molokai, Oahu ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, Kai, Kalo, Native Plants & Animals Andrews, Lilinoe
Island Below the Star, The
This moʻolelo is based on the Polynesian migration and the ingenuity of our ancestors. Using the stars, ocean waves, clouds, wind and birds, young Manu and his brothers were able to successfully find The Island-below-the-Star. (more…)
Molokai, Oahu Meʻe, Recordings, Voyaging Rumford, James
Jewel in the Forest, The
A story of a little hula dancer named Loke who visited the forest before competition to ask for a blessing from their 'aumakua. The sign they were looking for did not appear so Loke decided to stay behind and fell...
Oahu Moʻolelo, Native Plants & Animals Bates, Gale
Ka Huakaʻi ʻImi Loa a Palila – Palila’s Great Journey
Explore with Palila as he travels from the summit of Mauna Kea to the sea. Discover what Palila finds out about how the world is changing.
Molokai, Oahu ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, Kai, Moʻolelo, Native Plants & Animals Kelekolio, Keoni
Ka ʻāina ma lalo o ka Hōkū (Hawaiian)
This moʻolelo is based on the Polynesian migration and the ingenuity of our ancestors. Using the stars, ocean waves, clouds, wind and birds, young Manu and his brothers were able to successfully find The Island-below-the-Star.
Molokai, Oahu ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, Kai, Moʻolelo Rumford, James
Kahalaopuna (Bilingual)
It said that Kahalaopuna, the goddess of the rainbow, dwells in the valley of Mānoa. This moʻolelo expresses how hurt and jealousy are overpowered by truth and love. Kahalaopuna’s ʻaumakua (guardian) continued to guide and protect her along with her...
Molokai, Oahu Akua, ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, Moʻolelo, Recordings Rumford, James
Kai the ʻOpihi Gets the Point
Kai the ‘opihi learns to persevere and face his fears. His fear of the ocean is overcome when he learns to hold on.
Molokai, Oahu Kai, Meʻe, Moʻolelo, Native Plants & Animals Omoto, Gail; Dill, Judy; Dill, Jan
Kaipo and the Mighty Ahi
Kaipo elder's brothers haven't caught many fish this season. Kaipo is always left out because his brothers think he is too young. Kaipo proves to his brothers that his determination to catch a fine fish pays off.
Oahu Kai, Meʻe, Moʻolelo, Native Plants & Animals Villanueva, Leonard J.
Kalakaua Hawaiiʻs Last King
This resource book tells of King Kalakaua's reign from 1874-1891. It includes personal letters, newspapers, and old photographs of this time. He fought to preserve the old Hawaiian traditions while an influx of foreign influences threatened his home.
Oahu Aliʻi, Resource Book Zambucka, Kristin
This is a mo'olelo of the kupua, Kamapua'a. He was sent to his grandmother on O'ahu where he learned of his magical powers. Kamapua'a gets into mischief with a chief and barely makes it out alive.
Oahu Kupua, Meʻe, Moʻolelo, Native Plants & Animals Buffet, Guy and Pam
Kamehameha – The Boy Who Became a Warrior King
This mo'olelo of Kamehameha begins with a lonely child wondering why he didn't have friends his age around him. He finds out about his destiny and lives out to be a gifted warrior chief.
Oahu Aliʻi, Moʻolelo Crowe, Ellie
Kamehameha The Warrior King of Hawaii
The story of Kamehameha the Great, Hawaii's warrior king, is retold here for readers of all ages. From his childhood in exile to his return to court and the lifting of the great Naha Stone, we follow this brave and...
Molokai Akua, Aliʻi, Historical Fiction, ʻOhana, ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, Kai, Kalo, Kumulipo, Kupua, Meʻe, Moʻolelo, Native Plants & Animals, Resource Book, Voyaging, Weather
Kamehameha: The Rise of a King (4th-6th)
This is a historical fiction based on Hawaiian sources and years of research. The stories in this book shed new light on Kamehameha's upbringing and lifelong quest to unify the Hawaiian Islands.
Oahu Aliʻi, Historical Fiction, Moʻolelo Eyre, David Kāwika, Parker, Brook Kapūkuniahi
Kaukai ka Pulelehua Kamehameha i ka Māmaki (Hawaiian)
A story of a māmaki tree who cares for butterfly eggs on her leaves. She nurtures the young caterpillar ke liʻi until he is ready to become a butterfly.
Molokai, Oahu ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, Moʻolelo, Native Plants & Animals Kamehameha Publisher
The mo'olelo of a young chief from Kaua'i named Kawelo. This tale describes the battles, triumphs, competitions, exchanges, and romance that Kawelo the hero experienced.
Molokai, Oahu Meʻe, Moʻolelo Thompson, Vivian L.

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