Laulima

ʻAʻohe hana nui ke alu ʻia – No task is too great when accomplished together by all.

The concept of Laulima (or many hands working together) is core to the Hawaiian psyche and way of living life. Laulima reflects the communal nature and value mindset of Hawaiians. By taking part in tasks that would overwhelm one person such as clearing and opening up a new kalo patch, participants experience and take pride in results that can only be accomplished collectively as a group. They are able to make the connection with how their individual efforts combined together with that of others can lead to a community accomplishment where all gain a sense of ownership and responsibility. Through the exercise of laulima students grow in understanding the importance of being a community minded individual.

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.