We all one big family! Visit Keoneʻōʻio, Maui, to learn about the Hawaiian creation chant.

Unit lesson


Video Questions

1) What is the Kumulipo?

2) Why is the Kumulipo important for Hawaiian identity?

3) The Kumulipo was passed down from generation to generation. These days, how is family history learned and shared?

4) The sky, the ocean, the ʻuku koʻakoʻa (coral), the plants, the animals, the fishes, and the trees in the uplands are ancestors of Hawaiians. What do these parts of nature have in common? How are they different?

5) ʻAnakala Kaleikoa says wherever we walk on the ground, we are walking on the iwi, or bones, of our ancestors. Does this change how you view Hawaiʻi’s natural landscape? If so, how?

6) If you could choose one thing in nature that you especially like, what would it be? Draw a picture of you and that thing together. Are there similarities? Differences?


Video Vocabulary

1) ancient
very old

2) ʻuku koʻakoʻa
coral polyp

3) hoahānau
cousin or relative

4) landscape
the natural and man-made features of an area

5) familial
related to family

6) cosmogeny
the study of the creation and evolution of the universe

a name for the different periods of development in the Kumulipo

8) ʻāina
land, earth

9) iwi

10) mālama
to care for, take care of

11) kulaiwi
a homeland, a place where your family has been for many generations

12) ʻōiwi
native, indigenous


Guiding Questions