Know your roots! Visit Kualoa, Oʻahu, to learn about moʻokūʻauhau.

Unit lesson


Video Questions

1) What does moʻokūʻauhau mean? What are some of the meanings of moʻo?

2) Why are the names of people and places so important in Hawaiʻi? In the story, why did the kupuna, or elder, recite ten or twenty names every day when waking up in the morning and before going to bed at night?

3) Traditionally, a person’s worth was assessed based on his lineage. Is this still true today? How is your value determined?

4) In the past, genealogy was transmitted orally, from person to person. How is this different from the way people learn genealogy today?

5) If you could sit at a table with your grandma on one side and her grandma on the other side, what would you ask them? What advice might they give you?

6) Ask a parent or grandparent if your family has a special mark that symbolizes your moʻokūʻauhau. Practice drawing the design until you have memorized the pattern.


Video Vocabulary

1) moʻokūʻauhau
family tree, lineage

2) genealogy
family tree, lineage

3) moʻo
lizard; succession

4) assess
determine the amount or value

5) lineage

6) ʻauhau

7) kūʻauhau
genealogy, family tree

8) Oʻahu o Kākuhihewa
Oʻahu of Chief Kākuhihewa

9) astute
clever, smart

10) kupuna
grandparent or ancestor

11) pule
to pray; prayer

12) retire
go to bed

13) Tūtū
nickname for grandparent

14) recite
to repeat out loud something that’s been memorized


Guiding Questions