112 Popular Hawaiian Proverbs and Sayings

A child behaves like those who reared him. A fisherman of the shallow sea uses only a short line; a fisherman of the deep sea has a long line. A full sail helped him to arrive. A good surfer will not get wet. A heart as big as a house. A humble person walks carefully [...]
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Jack London on Aloha

“That greeting is ‘Aloha’ – love, I love you, my love to you. ‘Good day’ – what is it more than an impersonal remark about the weather? ‘How do you do’ – it is personal in a merely casual interrogative sort of way. But Aloha! It is a positive affirmation of the warmth of one’s […]

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Hawaiians and Nature

Nature is where it all begins for the Hawaiians. In fact, they call themselves keiki o ka ‘aina, the “children of the land.”– M. J. Harden

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Moloka’i, the Unknown Island

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The Primal Power of Hula: Hawaii Rooted

Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole expresses the true meaning of hula from a native Hawaiian perspective on the island of Hawaii.
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Will Rogers on Hawaii

Hawaii is the only place I know where they lay flowers on you while you are alive.– Will Rogers

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What is Aloha?

Aloha is the unconditional desire to promote the true good of other people in a friendly spirit out of a sense of kinship. - Abraham Akaka Be the Aloha you wish to see in the world. - Unknown Photo Credit: SurferToday.com For more Hawaiian quotations from Surfer Today, click here.
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Coming to Hawaii

Coming to Hawaii is like going from black and white to color.– John Richard Stephens Photo by Dominick Marino

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Living the Hawaiian Myth and Unlocking the Metaphor

Dr. Pualani Kanahele TEDx Maui Like her ancestors, Pualani Kanaka'ole Kanahele epitomizes cultural brilliance, beauty and power. A renowned scholar and author who is steeped in the hula tradition, she leads a team of researchers in reestablishing an ancient Hawaiian system of cultural intelligence. Dr. Kanahele is of pure Hawaiian descent and was raised in [...]
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Mark Twain on Hawaii

The loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean.– Mark Twain

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The Echo of My Song – Robert Cazimero with Hula Dancer Alaka’i Christopher Lastimado

A TEDxMaui Talk Enjoy a series of short performances and stories from Robert Cazimero, legendary and award-winning Hawaiian singer, songwriter, pianist, kumu hula and contributor to the Hawaiian cultural renaissance. Featuring hula dancers Alaka‘i Christopher Lastimado and Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu. Cazimero is a legendary and award-winning Hawaiian singer, songwriter, pianist, kumu hula and contributor to the [...]
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Captain Cook Discovers Hawaii in 1778

On January 18, 1778, the English explorer Captain James Cook becomes the first European to travel to the Hawaiian Islands when he sails past the island of Oahu. Two days later, he landed at Waimea on the island of Kauai and named the island group the Sandwich Islands, in honor of John Montague, who was [...]
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An Hawaiian Blessing

May there always be trade winds behind you, rainbows above you, and Aloha all around you.

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Fagogo – An Extra-Ordinary Story, Aue!

Jody Jackson-Becerra TedxTalks A gifted story-teller, Jody Jackson-Becerra weaves her magic using Fagogo, a traditional Pacific Island technique of story-telling. With much laughter and imagination Jody demonstrates how you can connect with and teach valuable life lessons to children in a format that promotes true human interaction. Jody left her large family and Samoan island [...]
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Tattoo and Tapa: Reclaiming Pacific Symbols

Frances C. Koya Vaka'uta | TEDxTalks Frances Cresantia Koya Vaka’uta is Associate Dean of Research & Internationalization at the Faculty of Arts, Law & Education at The University of the South Pacific. She teaches curriculum studies and education in small island developing states, with a particular interest in Education for Sustainable Development and Rethinking Pacific [...]
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