Ancestral Connections

Loi Kalo in Hanalei with text reading Ka Ike Kupuna - Ancestral Connections

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

Loʻi kalo in Hanalei, the site of the first known use of ʻauwai for irrigation and where 80% of the crop is grown also provide habitat for the endangered ʻAlae ʻUla who imparted the secret of fire to humans according to Hawaiian legend. Photo: John DeLay

Loʻi kalo in Hanalei, the site of the first known use of ʻauwai for irrigation and where 80% of the crop is grown also provide habitat for the endangered ʻAlae ʻUla who imparted the secret of fire to humans according to Hawaiian legend. Photo: John DeLay

Ka Māla o Niuhelewai on Honolulu CC Campus

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Resources

Where Culture & Sustainability Meet

Articles:

Books

  • 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

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