The love for our land is what has helped our people to thrive for generations. The knowledge and understanding that our land and natural resources create the foundation for a sustainable lifestyle is reinforced through the teachings of our kūpuna and the continued practice of mālama ʻāina, caring for the land and the world around us.
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PROPAGATING NATIVE PLANTS
KILO AO (observation of the world around me)
I ka nānā no a ‘ike
By observing one learns
(‘Ōlelo No‘eau #1186)
Our kūpuna paid close attention to the world around them. Observation of cloud movement, the direction the wind was blowing, a light mist or a heavy downpour. These were signs of what was to come. There were signs within nature that helped our kūpuna to know when to do or not to do something. Nature and its elements guided their nā‘au (gut, feelings). The practice of kilo was part of daily life. Our kūpuna respected every aspect of the world around them and acknowledged the existence of sources greater than themselves. They truly believed that they were stewards of the honua (earth).
Nānā ka maka, ho‘olohe ka pepeiao, pa‘a ka waha.
Observe with the eyes, listen with the ears, shut the mouth.
‘Ōlelo No‘eau #2268 Mary Kawena Puku‘i