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Moʻolelo Monday

Moʻolelo Monday

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. 

Lelekamanu Program

January 2021


Moʻo ʻŌlelo

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.

Nui ko Kamapuaʻa mau kino lau!

Definition: Many forms taken by a supernatural body, god or demigod. Kino meaning body and lau meaning many.

Numerous are Kamapuaʻaʻs incarnations! – kukui: candlenut tree – ʻuhaloa: sleepy morning, velvet leaf or monkey bush – hala: pandanus – ʻamaʻu: fern – humuhumunukunukuapuaʻa: trigger fish

ʻŌlelo Noeʻau # 2850:

The light is extinguished.

Said of a person who has fallen asleep and is no longer aware of anything.

ʻŌlelo Noeʻau # 1544:

The main post The person on whom others depend for leadership, guidance, and help — the mainstay of the family or group.

Kamapuaʻa was not confident that he could help remove the tree, therefore he went to his pouhana, or his tūtū for guidance.

Donʻt give up or surrender!

ʻAʻale hāʻawipio ʻo Kamapuaʻa e hemo i ke kumu kukui. Ua ʻimi ʻia ke alakaʻina e hoʻoponopono i ka pilikia!

Kamapuaʻa didnʻt give up in removing the kukui tree. He sought guidance to resolve the problem!