November’s Hawaiian Proverb of the Month – “I ali‘i no ke ali‘i ke kānaka.”
By: Kimo Jenkins, Director, Program Development & Implementation Cultural Guide
“I ali‘i no ke ali‘i ke kānaka.”
A chief is a chief because of the people who serve him.
This ‘ōleo no‘eau is a reminder to a chief to consider his people; it illustrates a level of thankfulness and appreciation to and for each other. Be kind and considerate of others at all times. Be thankful for who you have in your life, rather than what you have in your life. People / relationships are more valuable than material things.
Thanksgiving should be a time of relationship strengthening and appreciation. The food is great – the fellowship greater still.