I need to post Mama’s on my Maui places blog but it is a great place to go for those who can afford it. Upscale Hawaiiana with great food, great atmosphere and good service. Reservations for dinner are a MUST.
I started my Hawaiian culture and language class this week. I had known that Hawaiians (as well as most Polynesians) were spiritually driven but I didn’t know to what extent! ‘Ha’ refers to the spirit breath. This is the same Ha that makes up the words Ha-wai-i and Alo-ha. As with many languages the hardest thing is that there isn’t always literal translations. In 6 weeks, I still won’t be speaking Hawaiian but hopefully, I’ll understand a lot more and be able to pronounce things better.
Our instructor is 60-something year old man who learned English as a second language. At the age of 6 his grandmother who was the village Kahu decided he would be the next Kahu and started training him. A kahu is a guardian, medical practioner and guidance counselor. A Kahu is similar to Kahuna but not as exalted. His name is actually Kahu; I’m not sure if he this was a birth name or a title name. He is still the Kahu of his town which is a tiny town passed Hana. He’s lived there all his life except for Vietnam tour of duty.
I’ve now finished painting the guest room, family room, hallways and portions of the entry. That’s enough to start hanging some artwork which I’m currently doing! Of course I have a great selection from Peters’ collection to choose from. I’ve just got to do the master bedroom and that is what I’d planned for initial phase of work for house. Once I finish this, I’ll need to start actively working on a new career.
In closing — here is my introduction in Hawaiian.
O wau o Kathy I am Kathy
Mai Minnesota mai My ancestral home is Minnesota (this is important to Hawaiians)
Noha au i Kihei I live in Kihei
Mahalo Respect (not thank you like many are taught!)