Hui Nohona's work ranges widely from sessions with our Ka Paʻalana program families teaching cooking and fishing practices, to traveling out to our Neighbor Islands for place-based learning and instruction. Our Hawaiian Cultural Specialists works diligently with all programs of our organization to develop and implement comprehensive Native Hawaiian education, grounded in our values and mission.
Nā Huaʻōlelo o Ka Malama
Hawaiian Cultural Specialist Aaron Mahi shares words in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. These "Hawaiian Words of the Month" series share Hawaiian vocabulary and grammar, and ʻAnakala Aaron puts each word in the context of a useful phrase.
Hawaiian Cultural Specialist Malia Scanlan-Lealaō leads us through the lunar phases with moʻolelo and traditional Hawaiian activities. Anakē Malia provides historical knowledge, useful practice, and ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.
wahi pana Hawaiʻi's Special Places
Wahi (place); pana (legendary). Wahi Pana are celebrated, noted and legendary places or landmarks of special interest and historic significance. These special places have distinguishing landmarks, such as mountain peaks, streams, wind, and rain patterns. These characteristics are identified and connected with rich history, oli (chants), moʻolelo (stories), and mele (songs) that have been passed from one generation to the next. This identification can be perpetuated through embracing the individuals, the ʻohana, and the communities’ connection and relationship to these special places.
A sense of place is essential to Native Hawaiians today, whose ancestors have always had an intimate connection with the ʻāina (land). Community kūpuna (elders) shared their moʻolelo and ʻike (knowledge), and combined them with historical facts and documents into a narrative that outlines the experience of the people of Hawai‘i in specific locations from the pre-contact era up to modern times.
This series of Wahi Pana features communities that are served by our Tūtū and Me Traveling Preschool program and made possible through partnerships with Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority and Hawaiʻi News Now.