Kuʻi

Hele nō ka ʻalā, hele nō ka lima – The rock goes, the hand goes.

To make good poi the free hand must work in unison with the pōhaku kuʻi ʻai, the poi pounder. Kuʻi ʻai, or to pound kalo into poi can be done by all people of all ages. If we remember that the objective is to feed oneself and others, great care and attention should be taken when making poi. This lesson highlights the importance of developing skills that demonstrate excellence. Many things in life become an art when people elevate a simple task into something of beauty. Watching a skilled person kuʻi ʻai is something to behold. Strive to master whatever craft or crafts you chose to do in life.

Standards-based lessons have been created for teachers rich in place-based moʻolelo, history, geography and science that can be adapted to any grade level.