UH System News featured No Nā Mamo

Native Hawaiian culture book series updated

November 9, 2011  |   | News at UH

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Curriculum Research and Development Group and the University of Hawaiʻi Press co-published No Nā Mamo, an updated and enlarged compilation of books in the acclaimed Ka Wana series, published in 2005–2010. The books, revised and presented as individual chapters, offer invaluable insights into the philosophy and way of life of Native Hawaiian culture.

Readers both familiar and unfamiliar with Native Hawaiian traditions and practices will find much to reflect on as well as practical guidance and knowledge.

No Nā Mamo contents

The new compilation includes chapters on

  • Pono (right way of living)
  • Aloha (love and affection)
  • Welina (welcome and hospitality)
  • Aʻo (education)
  • Ola (health and healing)
  • Hoʻoponopono (healing to make things right)
  • Hoʻomana (the sacred and spiritual)
  • Alakaʻi (leadership)
  • Kākāʻolelo (oratory)
  • Hoʻonohonoho (cultural management)
  • Kapu (gender roles)
  • Hewa (wrong way of living)

Throughout No Nā Mamo author Malcolm Nāea Chun draws on first-hand accounts from early Hawaiian historians, early explorers and missionaries and 19th-century Hawaiian language publications—as well as his own experience, gained from a lifetime of engagement with the language and culture.

Chun has taught Hawaiian language and folklore and has worked as a cultural specialist and educator at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health and the Queen Liliʻuokalani Children’s Center.

No Nā Mamo contains new and updated information including a completely new chapter on aloha, color illustrations and an appendix describing the challenges faced in creating this book.