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Malama - Take care of

Aloha Kakou! My name is Kaulana and I would like to tell you how I learned the meaning of the word Malama. My Tutu Kane taught this to me by example.


My Tutu Kane is a mahi'ai who lives in a beautiful valley called Hanalei. Early yesterday morning I went to visit him. He took me to the 'auwai where I helped clear away some small pohaku to let the wai run more freely. Next, we cleared away the weeds that grew where the wai runs into the lo'i kalo and other vegetables. We then pulled the dried leaves off the mai'a and ko which grew along the lo'i. It was now 11 o'clock so Tutu Kane said it's time to malama our kino. We went into the hale where Tutu Wahine had prepared 'aina awakea and tall glasses of cold liliko'i juice. Then, Tutu Kane said we must rest because it was too wela to work.

At 4 o'clock, Tutu Kane and I fed the many moa and kaka running freely around the farm. Boy, they were sure noisy! Afterwards, we went to get some kalo and vegetables for 'aina ahiahi and for me to take home to my 'ohana.

What a memorable experience I had with my Tutu Kane. I want to go back as often as I can to kokua my Tutu Kane to malama ka 'aina. A hui hou!


'Ekahi: List the many examples where Tutu Kane showed malama.
'Elua: How do you show malama in your hale? List them.
'Ekolu: Were you ever involved in a community malama project?
'Eha: What were your feelings after the project was completed?

Hana Hou

'Ekahi: Is your makuakane a mahi'ai? If your answer is yes, what does he have on his farm or in his garden?
'Elua: Draw a ki'i of your favorite vegetable. 'Ekolu: Share with me your 'ohana's favorite recipe. Mahalo!