Like go holoholo? Visit Anahola, Kauaʻi, to learn about lawaiʻa and Hawaiian fishing traditions.

Unit lesson


Video Questions

1) What is lawaiʻa? What are the different kinds of lawaiʻa?

2) Why was lawaiʻa so important in the olden days? Why is it important today?

3) If shipments of food stopped coming to the Hawaiian Islands, would there be enough fish and food to feed all the people? Would your family be able to survive?

4) Besides fish, what are some other kinds of marine resources found in Hawaiʻi? What are some of the methods to catch iʻa in different parts of the ocean?

5) Tradition teaches us that fruits should not be eaten at the beach and that the word holoholo is used instead of “go fishing.” Should these traditions be maintained? Why or why not?

6) It is said never to turn your back to the ocean. Over the next week, see if you can always be facing the ocean when you are near a beach.


Video Vocabulary

1) lawaiʻa

2) poke ʻopihi
removing an ʻopihi from its shell

3) ʻōpū
stomach, belly

4) iʻa
fish, sea creature

5) ʻupena

6) hoʻomoe
to set a gill net

7) hoʻolei
to fish with a throw net, to cast a net

8) paʻipaʻi
to slap the water and scare fish into a net

9) kāmōkoi
pole fishing

10) loina
customs, common practices

11) kupuna
grandparent or ancestor

12) holoholo
a way to say "going fishing"

13) vigilant
watchful, cautious, paying attention

14) kinolau
many bodies, plant and animal forms that gods can appear in or that are signs for particular gods

15) perpetuate
to continue, preserve, carry on


Guiding Questions