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.
Nunui nā manaʻo o ka huaʻōlelo ʻo “lua”. I kēia moʻolelo ka manaʻo pelekane o lua, “a pit”. Aia kekahi lua kaulana ma ka Pae ʻAina o Hawaiʻi, nā lua o Pele, ʻoia hoʻi, Volcano pits.
The word ” lua ” has many meanings. In this story the English word for ” lua ” is a pit. There are famous pits in the Hawaiian Archaepelego, Nā Lua o Pele, namely the Volcano pits.
Nā hua ʻōlelo ʻē aʻe e pili ana o ka lua o Pele a ka wahine ʻo Pele (other words associated with the volcanoes and Pele):
• ka uahi o Pele: Volcanic Haze aka VOG
• nā lauoho o Pele: Peleʻs hair or thin volcanic strands of glass
• nā waimaka o Pele: Peleʻs tears. A tiny teardrop-shaped globule of black volcanic glass similar to obsidian is sometimes attached to the end of a strand of Pele’s hair
Pehea i hōʻana ai nā poʻe Hawaiʻi i nā mea āpau? Ua hōʻana ʻia nā mea me ke kino. Eia kekahi wīkio mele anakahi Hawaiʻi.
Nā hua ʻōlelo anakahi Hawaiʻi:
Pekula = picul; the standard unit of measure used in the sale of Sandalwood.
Ua hapai ʻia hoʻokahi pekula e nā kanaka kua leho ma luna o ko lākou kula. ʻEhia mau kaupaona o hoʻokahi pekula? Ma kahi o hoʻokahi haneli kanakolu kumāmākolu mau kaupaona, ke kaupaona kiʻekiʻe i hiki i ke kanaka ke lawe maʻalahi i kona kua.
One picul was carried by the Kua leho on their backs. How many pounds in one picul? Approximately 133 1/3 pounds (60kg), the maximum weight that a man could easily carry on their back.
Ka inoa o nā kanaka i hapai ai i nā ʻiliahi ma ko lākou kua mai ka waokele i ka uapo.
Name given to the people (men, women and children) who carried the ʻiliahi on their backs from the forest to the shipping docks. Logs were 3 to 4 feet long and 2 to 8 inches in diameter (source: N. Miller Collection, Translated by R. Bruce Denney; excerpt taken from Huapala.org).