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.
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 # 1555 Kāhana auhā Kahana of the shed. Said of the natives of Kāhana, who were said to be pī or stingy. Their fish was hidden in the cane shed rather shared.
Famine, time of famine, destitution of food, impoverished In old times, famine was a common and well documented event. Although Hawai’i was home to an abundance of resources, times that were considered famine were usually times when kalo cultivation, once the staple of Hawai’i, became insufficient enough to provide for the community. The foundation of the Hawaiian diet was based on vegetables and complex carbohydrates. Kalo, ‘uala, and ‘ulu provided most of the calories while fish provided most of the protein.
Literally translating to “The fire of Kahoe”, Keahiakahoe is a cliff along the Ko’olaupoko mountains in the Kāne’ohe quadrangle. The peak, Pu’ukeahiakahoe, overlooks the valleys of Kamanaiki(Kalihi) and Kamananui(Moanalua). Keahiakahoe is named after the mo’olelo involving the protagonist, Kahoe, who strategically made the fires of his imu far upland.
‘Ōlelo No’eau #2699
Pua ka uahi o ko a uka, mana’o ke ola o ko a kai.
When the smoke from the fires of the upland dwellers rises, the shore dwellers think of life. Shore dwellers depended on the uplanders for poi.
An ʻŌlelo Noʻeau says in the moʻo ʻōlelo to “Ko ko a uka, ko ko a kai (Those of the uplands share their crops, those of the seaside share their catch).” That was ka nohona Hawaiʻi, the Hawaiian way of life, Hawaiian lifestyle. Should misfortune befall those living in the uplands, so too shall it fall shortly thereafter upon those living along the seaside, all will be affected.