There's a reason it's called the Big Island. Visit Maunakea to learn about Hawaiʻi Island.

Unit lesson


Video Questions

1) How many moku, or districts, does Hawaiʻi Island have? What are their names?

2) What are some of the different characteristics of the moku on Hawaiʻi Island? What does it mean when ʻAnakala Keoni says the island is growing and expanding?

3) What are some of the unique characteristics of the district where you live? How can you get to know what is kaulana, or famous, on the island where you live?

4) What is the difference between the terms, “Hawaiʻi Island,” “Big Island,” and “Moku o Keawe”? How are these terms used in normal speech?

5) If you could visit any of the moku on Hawaiʻi Island, which would it be? Why?

6) The characteristics described by ʻAnakala Keoni are all part of the island’s natural landscape. Make a list or draw a picture of ten or more special things found in nature that are characteristic of where you live.


Video Vocabulary

1) verdant
green and growing, thriving with plant life

2) expanding
growing, getting bigger

3) kai māʻokiʻoki
streaks (like currrents or rivers) on the surface of the ocean

4) trade winds
the usual winds occuring in Hawaiʻi, blowing from the Northeast

5) kai hāwanawana
whispering sea, the sound of small waves gently breaking on shore

6) pali lele koaʻe
cliff where the koaʻe birds fly


Guiding Questions