Welina Mānoa

ʻŌlelo Noʻeau

In order to offer another Hawaiian perspective of the Lyon Arboretum, we have provided and explained a few ʻōlelo noʻeau (proverbs) that are relevant to this site. One of the main themes for the site were the ʻōlelo noʻeau, so we feel this is very important to present. The ʻōlelo noʻeau have been an invaluable resource for Hawaiian language learners today because they offer insight into the language and worldview of the old Hawaiian people.

E kanu i ka huli ʻoi hāʻule ka ua.

Plant the taro stalks while there is rain.

(Do your work when opportunity affords.)

[ʻŌlelo Noʻeau #316]

Hahai no ka ua i ka ululāʻau.

Rains always follow the forest.

(The rains are attracted to forest trees. Knowing this the Hawaiians cut only the trees that were needed.)

[ʻŌlelo Noʻeau #405]

He keiki aloha na mea kanu.

Beloved children are the plants.

(It is said of farmers that their plants are like beloved children, receiving much attention and care.)

[ʻŌlelo Noʻeau #684]

For all ʻōlelo noʻeau associated with Lyon Arboretum, please click on the link below for a PDF version.

Full List of ʻŌlelo Noʻeau