Connecting with History

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Today’s Feature

ka moena

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Today’s huaʻōlelo o ka lā is ka moena, meaning mat or resting place. It is dervied from the word meaning to sleep or lie down which is “moe”. Before the Western style bed was introduced, Hawaiians usually slept on moena lau hala (pandanus leaf mats), and actually preferred these over the missionary beds. Kaʻahumanu was known to sleep on a stack of at least 30 mats.
There are many different words for types of moena, showcasing how intricate and detailed the Hawaiian language is in differentiating things. There are moena kumunuʻa which are sleeping mats that were thicker at one end to be used as a pillow, moena ʻāneʻeneʻe which were smaller mats that were carried around and used to sit on, moena makapepe which had medium sized wefts, and moena makaliʻi which had small, narrow sized wefts, just to name a few. 
 

 

 

Now and Then

Now and Then – The Adobe School House

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The Adobe School House was built in the 1830s and is today part of Kawaiaha`o Church Preschool.

Now and Then – View from the Pali

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The views from the Pali are world famous, but what did the view look like in 1932?  How are they similar or different today?  Try it out yourself!  Recreate a historical view today with the #thenandnowchallenge!

Now and Then – 1821 Mission House

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The 1821 Mission House is the oldest still-standing house in all of Hawaiʻi. There are many photographs of it throughout its history. What differences and similarities do you see in the different photographs through time?



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