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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. 

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.

Ōlelo Noeʻau # 213

ʻAʻohe ʻulu e loaʻa i ka pōkole o ka lou.

No breadfruit can be reached when the picking stick is too short.

There is no success without preparation.

Nā ʻulu hua i ka hāpapa; ʻUlu kū

Nā ʻulu hua i ka hāpapa, or the low-lying tree like a bush, is thought of as female. Ulu kū, or the ordinary upright tree is called male.

Noʻonoʻo ihola ʻo Kū, “inā ʻaʻohe wai a ʻaʻohe ʻai, inā ʻaʻole ola!”

Kū thought to himself, “if there is no water and there is no food, there can be no life!”

I ka hiki ʻana mai o ka wā wī, ua kaumaha ʻo Kū iā ia iho i mea ʻai na kona ʻohana.

When famine came, Kū offered himself food for his family.


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