Hawaiian Phrases, Quotes & Proverbs
Hawaiian Language and Sayings From Notable Authors About Hawaii
Since there was no writing in ancient Hawaii the role that the spoken Hawaiian language played in the daily life of ancient Hawaiians was huge. All things in their life, from birth to death and beyond was explained and described. From tiny bits of bone and shell found outside an octopus burrow (‘ahilu) to a narrow channel running along a tide pool (‘amio) to the chill from being in a particular kind of wind (huehu) the Hawaiian language guided every facet and detail of their world. There chants and prayers were part of most every activity in the course of a day. From fishing to farming to eating to building and medicine, the language was used with much mana (spirit or power) to bring about wellbeing and balance.
They had many proverbs and one of the most well known and used is “i ka olele no ke ola, i ka olele no ka make. (in language there is life, in language there is death) This proverb has many meanings and points to the huge importance and respect Hawaiians have for their language. This is why it is important to learn some of the language and meanings if you’re visiting…it will go a long way in creating some Aloha with the locals you’ll meet.
It’s Not Just Hello and Goodbye – It’s a Lifestyle!
The word Aloha is known worldwide. This is because anyone who visits Hawaii becomes charmed by the incredible beauty of these isolated islands. Aside from the standard “hello and goodbye” definition of the word there lies a much deeper meaning. Ancient Hawaiians held strong beliefs about the land and because they had no written language they became masters of storytelling and recounting history through chants and legends. The spirit of Aloha was like a cultural guidance system for ancient Hawaiians who taught their children “The Ways of Aloha”.
Ua Lehulehu a Manomano Ka ‘Ikena a Ka Hawai’i
Great and Numerous is the Knowledge of the Hawaiian People
According to ancienthuna.com here is another way to consider practicing Ho’oponopono:
For over 100 years the beauty of Hawaii has lived in the hearts of those who have visited and lived in this beautiful part of the world. Here are just a few from the past and present. Hopefully they can inspire you to come up with a quote of your own!
Well there you have it. It’s quite amazing how many Hawaiian phrases, quotes and proverbs are used today. It is a fitting testament to how much everyone loves the Hawaiian culture and how it resonates with the fun and joyful wisdom that we can all learn something from. If you wish to get some first hand knowledge about Maui and the culture try a road to Hana tour next time you visit Maui. Traveling this part of Maui with a guide is one of the best was to get a feel for the day to day life of living in Maui and the Hawaiian culture!
Aloha Nui Loa