MAUŌ: "The perpetuation of well-being."
The Hawaiian word mauō, for sustainability, is made up of two basic words; mau, stability, unbroken continuity, and o, enduring in a heathy state. This new Hawaiian word was coined by the Hawaiian Lexicon Committee in 2016. Formerly, there was no need for the word mauō because it was a normal part of Hawaiian life. Today, it is critical that we distinguish between what is sustainable and what is not.
The Mamaka Kaiao New Words entry is: mau.ō common noun Sustainability. Comb., mau + ō.
University of Hawaiʻi System Commitments
- Mauō: The perpetuation of well-being
- Hawaiʻi: Sustainability as a Lived Practice - UH Office of Sustainability Resources
Where Culture & Sustainability Meet
- Ola Ka ʻŌlelo: A Hawaiian Language Session On Language And Culture In Conservation - Part 1
- Ola Ka ʻŌlelo: A Hawaiian Language Session On Language And Culture In Conservation - Part 2
- "Ancient Hawaiian Farmers Offer Lessons in Sustainability", Heidi Chang, VOX, September 1, 2016.
- "A Hawaiian Renaissance That Could Save the World. This archipelago's society before Western contact developed a large, self-sufficient population, yet imposed a remarkably small ecological footprint.", Sam 'Ohu Gon, Kawika Winter, American Scientist.
- "A New Emphasis On Models Of Ancient Hawaiian Sustainability. International conservation leaders and the State of Hawaii are looking at what our islands' pre-contact heritage may have to teach us.", Mahesh Cleveland, Honolulu Civil Beat, October 31, 2016.
- Thinking Like an Island: Navigating a Sustainable Future in Hawaiʻi edited by Jennifer Chirico and Gregory S. Farley
- Food and Power in Hawaiʻi: Visions of Food Democracy edited by Aya Hirata Kimura, Krisnawati Suryanata, Christine R. Yano, and Robert Ji-Song Ku