Feed the land . . . and the land feeds you! Come to Waipā, Kauaʻi, to learn about ʻāina.

Unit lesson


Video Questions

1) What does the word ʻāina mean? Besides “land,” is there another meaning?

2) ʻAnakē Stacey says, “ʻĀina is everything.” Why is ʻāina so important for Native Hawaiians?

3) Before grocery stores and shopping malls, people grew their food on the ʻāina. Today, if there were no supermarkets and restaurants, would your family have enough food to eat? Why or why not?

4) In the video, there’s a table stacked with food harvested from the ʻāina in Waipā. How is this food different from the produce you would find at a typical grocery store?

5) If you could eat lunch at the ahupuaʻa in Waipā, what fruits and vegetables would be your first choice?

6) If you had a yard and could plant anything you wanted, what would you choose? With your ʻohana, plan some projects that involve growing food on the ʻāina.


Video Vocabulary

1) pūʻiwa
surprised, startled

2) Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono
The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness; the state motto, attributed to Kamehameha III, Kauikeaouli

3) ʻāina kupuna
ancestral homelands

4) hana nui
hard work, difficult

5) meaʻai

6) ahupuaʻa
a division of land

7) keiki

8) ʻōpio
youth, young person

9) ma ka hana ka ʻike
on the job learning, hands on, experiential learning

10) perpetuate
to maintain and continue

11) haumāna

12) kupuna


Guiding Questions