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ʻŌlelo Noeau: Favorites of Ho‘okua‘āina

Ho‘okua‘āina Core Lessons

Nani ke kalo *
Beautiful the taro/The taro is beautiful.

Aloha Kekahi i Kekahi *
Love one another

Ua ola loko i ke aloha. #2836
Love gives life within.
[Love is imperative to one’s mental and physical welfare.]

Huli ka lima i lalo, ola *
Turn the hands down, life. 

He aliʻi ka ʻāina; he kauwā ke kanaka. #531
The land is a chief; man is its servant.
[The land has no need for man, but man needs the land and works it for a livelihood.]

Uwē ka lani, ola ka honua. #2888
When the sky weeps, the earth lives.
[When it rains the earth revives.]

He waʻa he moku, he moku he waʻa. *
A canoe is an island, an island is a canoe.

ʻAʻohe hana nui ke alu ʻia. #142
No task is too big when done together by all. 

Ma ka hana ka ʻike. #2088
In working one learns.

ʻAʻohe pau ka ʻike i ka hālau hoʻokahi. #203
All knowledge is not learned in one school.
[One can learn from many sources.]

E lawe i ke aʻo a mālama, a e ʻoi mau ka naʻauao. #328
Take what you have learned and apply it and your wisdom will increase.

ʻĀina Momona. *
Fat, fertile, rich land.

Hele nō ka ʻalā, hele nō ka lima. #752
The rock goes, the hand goes.
[To make good poi, the freehand must work in unison with the poi pounder. Keep both hands working to do good work.]

Na ke kanaka mahiʻai ka imu ō nui. #2239
The well-filled imu belongs to the man who tills the soil.

ʻŌnipaʻa.  #2521
Stand firm.
[Motto of Liliʻuokalani]

Hoʻomau *
To persevere

Lōkahi *
Unity, balance, connection to a spiritual force, oneself, others, and the land

Kūlia i ka nuʻu.  #1913
Strive to reach the highest.
[Motto of Queen Kapiʻolani.]

ʻAʻohe lolena i ka wai ʻōpae.  #178
There must be no slackness when one gathers shrimp in time of a freshet.
[Let there be no slackers when there is work to be done. Lazy people don’t get anywhere.]

Maiau Kahana, Maiau Ka Loaʻa *
Neat work, neat results

Source: Pukui, M. K. (1983). ‘Ōlelo No‘eau Hawaiian Proverbs & Poetical Sayings. Honolulu, Hawaii: Bishop Museum Press.

*Indicates those not found in the puke ʻŌlelo Noʻeau

ʻŌlelo Noeau compiled by Johanna Kapōmaikaʻi Stone and Danielle Espiritu

Hookuaaina Rebuilding Lives From The Ground Up

Hoʻokuaʻāina is located in the ahupuaʻa of Kailua at Kapalai in Maunawili on the island of Oʻahu.

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Hookuaaina Rebuilding Lives From The Ground Up

Hoʻokuaʻāina is located in the ahupuaʻa of Kailua at Kapalai in Maunawili on the island of Oʻahu.

For more information about our programs or how you can get involved please contact us.

visit us

916E Auloa Rd.

Kailua, HI 96734

mail us

P.O. Box 342146

Kailua, HI 96734

email us

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