Give the best you got. Come to Kaunakakai, Molokaʻi, to learn the meaning of hoʻokupu.

Unit lesson


Video Questions

1) What does hoʻokupu mean?

2) What are some examples of different kinds of hoʻokupu?

3) Have you ever seen hoʻokupu being presented, or has your family ever offered hoʻokupu on special occasions? If so, how did it feel?

4) What is the difference between giving a gift and offering hoʻokupu?

5) Why is it important to give your best rather than to keep it for yourself? Is it possible to live this way?

6) The next time you go on a hike or to a special Hawaiian place, look to see if hoʻokupu have been offered. Discuss why the hoʻokupu might have been placed there.


Video Vocabulary

1) hoʻokupu
a gift or offering

2) kupu
to sprout or grow

3) fishing koʻa
also kūʻula, a shrine to give offerings to fishing gods

4) abundance
having alot, plenty

5) mele
song or poetry

6) oli
Hawaiian chant

7) lāʻau lapaʻau
medicinal healing

8) kumu
teacher, source

9) Tūtū
nickname for grandparent

10) animated
lively, active, full of energy

11) ʻike
knowledge, information

12) manaʻo
thought, opinion


Guiding Questions