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MO`OLELO:
History,
Interpretations of the Past
MO`OLELO
• Derived from the words
moʻo ʻōlelo, succession of
talk; all stories were oral,
not written
• Because Hawai`i
la...
MO`OLELO VS. KA`AO
• Mo`olelo:
– Legend
– Historical in nature
– Documentation

• Ka`ao
– Fanciful story or tale; usually ...
KA`AO: The 4 H’s of myth
• Each ka`ao has 4 H’s
– Hua (Catalyst)
– Ha`alele (Separation)
– Huaka`i (Journey)
– Ho`ina (Ret...
HUA:
The Catalyst
• Hua: egg, seed or
result, effect
• The call to adventure.
The person, thing or
event that launches
the...
HAʻALELE:
The Separation
• Haʻalele: to leave, abandon, or evacuate
• The point at which the main character
separates from...
HUAKAʻI:
The Journey
• Huaka`i: a journey, a
mission, to travel
• The main character often
undergoes a series of tests,
ta...
THE CROSSROAD
• It is at this point that the
main character confronts
the final leg of the
ritual…..
Do I return to societ...
HOʻINA:
The Return

• Hoʻi: a return, to go back, to come back, to
leave with the intention of returning back to
where you...
KA`AO – HŌ`AILONA
• Hō`ailona
– Symbols or
omens/predictions within a
story
– A prophecy of what is to
come
– Names of cha...
MO`OLELO & KA`AO
• Historical
Information
• Biographical
Information
• Cultural Elements
FINAL THOUGHTS
• The images of myth speak directly to a person
with a unique message.
• What the myth and its symbols mean...
If you have any
questions, please
ask them on the
Discussion Board.
Mahalo!
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  1. 1. MO`OLELO: History, Interpretations of the Past
  2. 2. MO`OLELO • Derived from the words moʻo ʻōlelo, succession of talk; all stories were oral, not written • Because Hawai`i language was an oral language, multiple versions of the same legend may exist today
  3. 3. MO`OLELO VS. KA`AO • Mo`olelo: – Legend – Historical in nature – Documentation • Ka`ao – Fanciful story or tale; usually fiction – An embellished moʻolelo
  4. 4. KA`AO: The 4 H’s of myth • Each ka`ao has 4 H’s – Hua (Catalyst) – Ha`alele (Separation) – Huaka`i (Journey) – Ho`ina (Return)
  5. 5. HUA: The Catalyst • Hua: egg, seed or result, effect • The call to adventure. The person, thing or event that launches the entire myth. It is the thing that causes the journey to happen.
  6. 6. HAʻALELE: The Separation • Haʻalele: to leave, abandon, or evacuate • The point at which the main character separates from the community and embarks on the journey • It means leaving the familiar landscape or the environment in which one is comfortable into an unknown realm where the rules and limits are unknown
  7. 7. HUAKAʻI: The Journey • Huaka`i: a journey, a mission, to travel • The main character often undergoes a series of tests, tasks, ordeals or challenges that he/she is required to accomplish as part of the adventure • Experiences and lessons are learned that leads us to our ancient selves
  8. 8. THE CROSSROAD • It is at this point that the main character confronts the final leg of the ritual….. Do I return to society? Do I leave society? This leads us to……..
  9. 9. HOʻINA: The Return • Hoʻi: a return, to go back, to come back, to leave with the intention of returning back to where you first came • After answering the call to adventure and meeting its trials, the main character must return and integrate back into the community – The main character returns to the ordinary world with an item or awareness that will benefit the society left earlier – The main character returns to tell his/her story and to serve as inspiration for others who have not yet answered their call
  10. 10. KA`AO – HŌ`AILONA • Hō`ailona – Symbols or omens/predictions within a story – A prophecy of what is to come – Names of characters or place names often provide insight into the characters’ attributes, personality, and/or the plot of the story
  11. 11. MO`OLELO & KA`AO • Historical Information • Biographical Information • Cultural Elements
  12. 12. FINAL THOUGHTS • The images of myth speak directly to a person with a unique message. • What the myth and its symbols mean to one person, may be different from another person. It may even mean something different to the same person at a different time in their life. • Myths can always be revisited and something new can always be learned from them!
  13. 13. If you have any questions, please ask them on the Discussion Board. Mahalo!

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