Translation: To tend to, care for, preserve, protect, watch over
Meaning: The idea of mālama describes taking care of the earth and its creatures, and can easily be applied to day-to-day life. For example, if you spend your time elevating others, you’ll create stronger bonds and better relationships with the people around you.
Pa’a ka waha
Translation: Close your mouth, observe and then act
Meaning: To observe and learn from your surroundings or “if words are exiting your mouth, wisdom cannot pass through”. The more you actively listen to and observe the environment around you, the more you will learn and be able to contribute when you finally do speak.
Translation: A sense of responsibility, accountability
Meaning: It is a life code for holding yourself accountable with the belief that if you seek personal improvement as a goal, you will be self-motivated to pursue it throughout your life.
Translation: Balance and harmony
Meaning: The idea that our mind, body, and the universe are all connected with each other promotes group consciousness and the belief that harmony within a group or population will secure survival.
Translation: What’s mine is yours, unconditional love
Meaning: Aloha is not only a greeting, but a way of life. In traditional Hawaiian values, its meaning is much deeper and spiritual than how it is used today.
Ka lā hiki ola
Translation: Each day is brand new
Meaning: The idea that each day is new breeds a hope and optimism for each and every morning. It is motivation to move forward and take advantage of each new beginning.
Nānā i ke kumu
Translation: Know your truth, trust yourself
Meaning: Sometimes it is difficult to trust our own instincts, but this particular Hawaiian value steers away from that doubt and promotes a strong sense of self-reliance.
Translation: To be a strong leader, to lead by example
Meaning: Being able to guide others comes easier once you have earned their respect. The Hawaiians believe that taking a more emotional approach to leading and guiding nurtures the strength of the individual as well as the group.
Translation: Importance of educating oneself
Meaning: It is important to never stop learning. Always actively seek knowledge in the world around you for the purpose of your own self-growth.
Meaning: The Hawaiians believe that family is something that you decide to create for yourself, so whether you are connected by blood or just by spirit. Everyone is ‘uncle’ or ‘auntie’ on the islands, even if you have just met. The concept of ‘Ohana is rooted in the belief that people are connected in so many different ways, and that it is our job to find that connection.