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WMS’ ‘Ka ‘Ike Kupuna’ classes extended to help perpetuate use of unique-to-Waimea knowledge, phrases, traditions

“Aloha Kakahiaka!” is the standard Hawaiian language phrase for saying, “Good Morning!”

But in Waimea, paniolo kupuna would say, “Kakahiaka No!” which translates as “Indeed It Is Morning!” or “Morning Indeed!” and the deep, moving beauty of this expression is that, in addition to being a person-to-person greeting, it also expresses aloha for the morning itself.

Likewise, “A hui hou ma hope” is the standard phrase for saying, “See you bumbye or afterwards,” but our Waimea paniolo would say, “A hui hou ma hape” just one letter difference, but meaning “See you later.”

There is no right or wrong here … standardized Hawaiian words and phrases are all correct, but the Waimea Middle School ‘Ike Hawai’i Program looks at perpetuating the words and phrases used by the kupuna in Waimea and in nearby areas, explains Waimea Middle School’s ‘Ike Hawai’i resource teacher Pua Case.

To help with this perpetuation of word and phrases, WMS’ ‘Ike Hawai’i Program, in partnership with the Paniolo Preservation Society and the Waimea Education Hui, presented three classes during September featuring kupuna paniolo “Uncle” Sonny Keakealani and daughter, Ku’ulei. School and community response to these classes has been so overwhelming that three more classes will be offered in coming weeks on Wednesdays, Oct. 16, 23 and 30, from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Please note time change – the September classes ran from 4:15-5 p.m.

Classes are free and everyone is invited to historic Pukalani Stables, but it is helpful to confirm attendance ahead of time, preferably by email: Pua_Case@notes.ki12.hi.us, or by calling 938-5550. While there is no charge, those who attend these classes are asked to make a personal commitment to utilize the Hawaiian terms shared so the ‘ike, or knowledge, of today will continue tomorrow … and beyond.