Monday, October 22, 2007

A Sample of Hawai'ian Proverbs for Child Rearing

While wandering around various Hawai'i links I found the program that teaches children growing up in Hawai'i about the language. At this site was a wonderful list of proverbs and some just seemed to click with our views of child rearing.

Ma ka hana ka 'ike.
In working one learns

'A'ohe hana nui ke alu 'ia.
No task is too big when done together by all.

'Ike aku, 'ike mai. Kokua aku, kokua mai. Pela ka nohona 'ohana.
Watch, observe. Help others and accept help. That is the family way.

And one that we all struggle with:

I maika'i ke kalo i ka 'oha.
The goodness of the taro is judged by the young plant it produces.

Enjoy!

2 comments:

LisaWA said...

That was cool! I copied it and printed it out.

Thanks for posting it!

Lisa

CloseAcademy said...

There are more of them at http://www.ahapunanaleo.org/eng/ohana/ohana_olelonoeau.html I just wrote out some that I really liked. Thanks.

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