ʻŌiwi 1

You can feel it in your bones. Come to Anahola, Kauaʻi, to learn about ʻōiwi.

Unit lesson


Video Questions

1) What does ʻōiwi mean?

2) Why are iwi important to Hawaiians?

3) Kulaiwi means the place of your ancestors’ bones. Where is your kulaiwi? Do you have more than one?

4) Why is mana, or spiritual power, associated with a person’s bones rather than flesh and blood?

5) Do you think it’s important to know your genealogy? Is it necessary to know where your native homeland is? Why or why not?

6) Ask one of your adult family members to take you to where your ancestors are buried. After the visit, record your feelings in a journal or on a computer.


Video Vocabulary

1) ahupuaʻa
land division usually stretching from the mountain into the sea

2) ʻōiwi
indigenous, native

3) iwi

4) genealogy
family tree, lineage

5) perpetuate
to keep alive, keep going

6) native
born of and belonging to a specified place

7) moʻokūʻauhau
genealogy, family tree

8) kulaiwi
native land, where a family has lived for generations, where the bones of one’s ancestors rest

9) ʻohana
extended family

10) ʻāina

11) mana
spiritual or divine power

12) kūpuna
grandparents; ancestors


Guiding Questions