Malama 'Aina

Closing


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The closing of Makahiki was eventful and carefully orchestrated. Traditional ceremonies and rituals were performed to allow the people to return to their everyday lives. This also meant that the kapu or set of laws were put back in place and everyone had to abide with them accordingly.

The Hawaiian people returned to their usual life of planting crops and catching fish. Men and boys built their new canoes and thatched houses, while women and girls made kapa and plaited lau hala products.

Everyone would miss Makahiki, but they also realized that resuming their normal labors was necessary for their survival. Like their ancestors, they knew that Makahiki would come again. In time, they would enjoy another wonderful season of peace, thanksgiving and celebration!

Before you go, please take a look at the many interesting follow-up activities and suggestions prepared for you below. In addition, please complete the simple assessment that will test your Makahiki knowledge. On completion, you will be given instructions on how you can receive the Makahiki materials for your own use.

I hope you enjoyed learning about this wonderful Hawaiian tradition. Until we meet again, a hui hou aku nō!

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Follow-Up Activities

  1. Re-enactment
    Have entire grade level participate in and produce a re-enactment of key ceremonies and activities that took place during the Makahiki season. Present to other grade levels.

  2. Story
    Have students write a reflective story or poem about what Makahiki means to them.

  3. Song
    Group work: Have students compose a song about Makahiki. Add choreography or accompany with musical instruments.

  4. Word Review
    Print out, and complete the activity sheet for a simple review of words relevant to makahiki.

  5. ‘Ōlelo No‘eau
    Using their new Hawaiian vocabulary, have students make up their own ‘ōlelo no‘eau, or wise saying. Have them create posters using their new ‘ōlelo no‘eau. Posters may be displayed in classroom, library or cafeteria.

  6. Huaka‘i (Field Trips)
    Download the huaka‘i list, to view different options for class field trips.

 

Makahiki Assessment

Please complete the simple assessment that will test your Makahiki knowledge. On completion, you will be given instructions on how you can receive the Makahiki materials for your own use. The assessment is available in English or Hawaiian. To start, click on your desired language below.

  1. English

  2. Hawaiian


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