Hawaiian Proverbs That Will Change Your Life
The Hawaiian Islands are a magical place. Many of us visit the Islands because of the weather, the endless beaches, special events, memories, Hawaiian culture, or a way to get away from reality. Many of us visit because we have connected with Hawaiian proverbs that help us build a better life. If you have ever visited the Hawaiian Islands, you are probably already planning your next trip. I know I am.
At Hawaiian Island Clothing, we love the Hawaiian Spirit and Culture. Hawaii is known for the laid back, relaxing environment, but there is so much more to it. We find that the Hawaiian Spirit can be uplifting, encouraging, inspirational, or motivating (just some of the reasons Hawaiian Island Clothing was created).
There is so much we can learn from the Hawaiian spirit by looking at a few Hawaiian Proverbs. So, if you are looking for some Hawaiian Inspiration, you are in the right place.
Aloha – Hawaiian Inspirational Quotes
The meaning of Aloha goes far beyond a simple hello or goodbye, it is one of the most widely used Hawaiian inspirational quotes. The word Aloha in itself captures the Hawaiian spirit, provides Hawaiian inspiration and gives us a blueprint for life. Let’s start by breaking down the Hawaiian motivation of Aloha. This will give us an underlying basis for the Hawaiian Proverbs we are going to discuss.
Each letter in aloha has a specific Hawaiian inspirational quote. These inspirational quotes give us the blueprint for life that we all need. Let’s jump in and break this down, Hawaiian style.
“Akahai,” meaning kindness, to be expressed with tenderness.
“Lokahi,” meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony.
“Oluolu,” meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness.
“Haahaa,” meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty.
“Ahonui,” meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance.
As you can see, the word Aloha is more than just a greeting, we believe it is really at the heart of the Hawaiian spirit. Aloha is a true blueprint for life. Any Hawaiian proverb or Hawaiian inspirational quote really starts and ends with Aloha.
Hawaiian Proverbs to Live By
Now that we know the basics behind what many consider the Hawaiian spirit, and the reason Hawaiian Island Clothing is in existence, let’s take a look at some of the Hawaiian Proverbs that we can use to live a full, healthy, rewarding life.
Note to the reader, the views and descriptions of these Hawaiian Proverbs are our interpretations. These Hawaiian proverbs might hit you with a different vibe and that’s okay. We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Kulia i ka nu’u – Strive to reach the highest.
Most of us have jobs of some sort, including the hardest job on the planet mothers. Yes, here is to you moms, you rock, we love you, and we could not do it without you. You are a true gift.
In everything that you do, give it you’re all. Reach deep into your soul to work hard and make the best of every situation. We are only given so many chances in life, make sure to take advantage of them. If you are going to do something, do it the best of your ability.
Reach your highest. Only here will you reach your true potential.
Mohala i ka wai ka maka o ka pua – Unfolded by the water are the faces of the flowers.
This one is a little harder to understand. However, when you really think about Hawaii and the great region, it becomes a little easier. At least we think.
It is better understood as, flowers thrive where there is water, as thriving people are found where living conditions are good. For Hawaiians, both past and present, they have relied on the land and the water to survive. They care about their Islands and the people around them.
If you have ever been to the Hawaiian Islands, you know that the living conditions are great. So, this Hawaiian proverb is all about living on the Islands and taking care of the land and water.
We see this when we visit the Hawaiian Islands. The Islands are gorgeous, clean, and full of life.
Ua ola no i ka pane a ke aloha – There is life in a kindly reply.
Have you ever had an “off” day? Sure we all have. Have you been having an off day and heard from a friend or gotten a word of encouragement and it instantly got better?
Remember that a conversation can go a long way. Remember that we all have things going on in our lives, a kind word can go a long way.
Here is the takeaway. We need to listen more so that when we do reply, it is meaningful. Let’s make sure that our conversations and replies are uplifting and guide the conversation in the right direction.
`A`ohe lokomaika`i i nele i ke pâna`i – No kind deed has ever lacked its reward.
This one for us here at Hawaiian Island Clothing goes deep. I absolutely love this Hawaiian proverb. If you have read our story, you know that we want to give more than we take, we want to help those that cannot help themselves. It is why we exist.
For us, we do this to help because helping is the reward. Seeing the face of a person that needs help goes so much further than anything in the world. We don’t do kind deeds with the expectation of getting a reward. That is the wrong motivation. Your kind deeds should be done out of a kind heart.
Start looking at things differently. Just like having kids, we do so much to make them happy, because their happiness is our happiness. Take this to the world. The world will change this attitude.
A’a i ka hula, waiho i ka maka’u i ka hale – Dare to dance, leave shame at home.
Before we jump into this one, let’s talk about the meaning of shame. Shame is a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.
So, this Hawaiian Proverb is meant for all of us. Don’t be afraid to do something, like a dance. There is no shame in trying, giving it your best, and even failing. The only shame is not doing.
Here is a personal story.
Growing up I always wanted to learn to snowboard. I lived in Phoenix, Arizona, a climate not known for the fresh powder or epic slopes. So I never really learned how.
In high school, I went on a ski trip with some friends that have been skiing and snowboarding for years. I was a little worried I was going to suck at it. Oh, and I did.
However, if I did not leave the shame at home, I would never have given it a try. Today, my wife and I get to the slopes as often as possible. We love snowboarding, skating, and surfing. It is all about that extreme lifestyle.
As you go through life, leave the same at home. Get out there and give it a try.
‘A’OHE PU’U KI’EKI’E KE HO’A’O ‘IA E PI’I – No cliff is so tall it cannot be climbed.
For the last 6 years of my life, I have owned and operated business. Hawaiian Island Clothing is a new chapter and a new challenge. I love t-shirts, I love design, and I love helping people. The Hawaiian culture has encapsulated me and my life. It was a win-win.
Now, knowing that, I know there is a huge cliff in front of me. There are going to be some things that I know what to do, there are going to be tons of things that I have no idea how to tackle.
The point here is that there is no cliff that cannot be climbed. It is about taking things in small chunks and making positive movement forward. Take things one at a time and continually make progress. Eventually, you will be on top of that mountain.
This goes for anything in life. You are going to run into roadblocks. You are going to hit speed bumps, but there is nothing that you can not do.
There is no cliff so tall it cannot be climbed unless you give up.
Ua Kuluma Ke Kanaka I Ke Aloha – It Is Natural For People To Behave In a Loving Way.
I believe that people are good in their heart. I believe that people want to do the right thing. I think this Hawaiian proverb would agree. I also hope that you agree.
Here is the thing, we all want to be a good human and I hope that we are all doing everything we can to be a good human. Remember this when you wake up, do good things. Do things to show love and compassion.
Ku’ia kahele aka na’au ha’aha’a – A Humble Person Walks Carefully So As Not To Hurt Others.
Before we jump in and explore this Hawaiian proverb, let’s take a look at what humble actually means. The definition of humble is having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance. This does not mean that we are not important, but that we do not show it, we do not flaunt our good fortune.
So, why should a humble person walk carefully so as not to hurt others?
Take a look at social media, the news, or any other media outlet. It is full of people flaunting and showing off. When we do this, it makes others feel less important, unworthy, and jealous. Not what we want to do.
Yes, we do wish good fortune for everyone, so stay humble. Remember, everything can be gone is a second. Use your good fortune to help others.
E hele me ka pu’olo – Make every person, place or condition better than you left it always.
We often hear about campaigns to save the ocean, make sure to clean up your trash and leave the world in a better place. This is all good stuff.
Let’s also take this spirit to everything we do. Everything we do should make the people around us better, make the places we visit better, and make the world a better place.
Change your mindset, remember you are not the only person on this planet.
This was an easy one.
Ua ola loko i ke aloha – Love gives life within.
If you have children, this Hawaiian proverb probably makes a lot of sense. I am the father of 4 amazing little ones. I remember when they were born, I immediately fell in love. This love for them has not gone away and never will. Further, almost everything I do or the decision I make is for them.
I believe the more love you have in your life, the better your life will be. This does not have to be just for your children. If goes for your spouse, friends, family, and even your co-workers.
Let love guide your life, it will change you.
Kahuna nui hale kealohalani makua – Love all you see, including yourself.
This world is really a beautiful place. From the people you meet and the landmarks you visit, this world is truly amazing.
However, loving the world and all you see, truly starts by loving yourself. It can be hard to love yourself when we continue to compare ourselves to what we see in the media and who we follow on social media.
Loving all you see, starts with loving yourself. Yes, we are going to make mistakes, we are going to mess up, we are going to do dumb things. Just remember, you are special, you are unique, and you are amazing.
If you want to see how special you are, start a journal. You will see the amazing things that you do on a daily basis. Just make sure to be nice to yourself.
O Hawaii no ka aina maikai – After all, Hawaii is the best land.
Everybody knows this to be true. Hawaii is the best place on the planet. I mean over 8 million people per year agree by traveling and taking their vacation to this magical place.
Here is my public service announcement. When you travel to a magical place like Hawaii, make sure to take care of it. Clean up the beaches you visit, take your trash from your campsites, and take care of the city you visit. Leave it in good shape for others.
Hawaii is the best land, take care of it as your own.
Hawaiian Proverbs That Will Change Your Life
We have hit the end of this post on Hawaiian proverbs and Hawaiian inspirational quotes. It is my hope that something in this post can help you live the life you want. My hope is that these words give you hope, motivation, and a love for others.
This life and the world we live in have so many special things that we can take advantage of. But remember, not everyone is so lucky.
Let these words guide your life, but remember to take care of others.