A simple honi is a type of loina... Come with us on the island of Maui to learn about the things we do that connect us to our kūpuna.

Unit lesson


Video Questions

1) What are loina? Where do loina come from? And why are loina important?

2) Loina don’t have to be something big. Often it’s the small things that make up family traditions. In your ʻohana, what are some of your favorite traditions? How did you learn these loina?

3) How are your ʻohana’s traditions different from those of your friends? Are there also some similarities?

4) Sometimes the ʻōpio, or younger generation, are not interested in things their parents and grandparents enjoy. Should the ʻōpio participate in the loina of their elders even if they don’t want to? Why or why not?

5) Draw a family tree with a trunk, leaves and branches. Instead of inserting names of your ʻohana, list the traditions and interests of each family member. Are there similarities from generation to generation? Can you see any patterns?

6) In some cultures, opening your mouth while you eat and making eating noises is considered rude, while in other cultures, it can show your enjoyment of the food. When we are in another country or even another family’s house, how can we ensure that we are respecting their loina?


Video Vocabulary

1) pehea ʻoukou
how are you (three or more people)

2) aloha mai e nā kamaliʻi
greetings, children

3) loina
customs, traditions

4) honi
Hawaiian greeting in which people exchange their breath by touching nose to nose

5) Kepanī

6) ihu


8) kupuna
grandparent or ancestor

9) he pepeiao ko ka iʻa
fish have ears

10) holoholo
slang for going fishing

11) maʻemaʻe

12) maiau
skillful, meticulous

13) poi
staple food of Hawaiians made from kalo root

14) haukaʻe
smeared, stained

15) kahi
to run one’s fingers along the inside of the poi bowl

16) hānai
to feed, to nourish; to adopt

17) hūi
halloo, hey there

yes (said in response to being called by name)

19) mālama
to care for

20) hana ʻai
to make food

21) kuleana
responsibility; privilege

22) longevity

23) hashi
halloo, hey there

24) poʻe Sāmoa
Sāmoan people

25) tūlou
Sāmoan for excuse me, done with bowing of the head; similar to Hawaiian “kūlou,” meaning “to bow the head”

26) discount
ignore, disregard

27) Tūtū
nickname for grandparent

28) mahalo iā ʻoe
thank you

29) maikaʻi

30) a hui hou
until we meet again


Guiding Questions