Foundation, base, site, location, ground, background, platform, as of a house; an open place, as for camping or for sports, as for ʻulu maika or hōlua sliding; playground, arena, stand, stage, courtyard course, camp; bed, as of a stream. fig., declaration of principles or policy, doctrine, platform.
I had the privilege of performing a wedding on Saturday at Kahua Ranch. My understanding is that this beautiful ranch lies in the ahupuaʻa known by the same name: Kahua. I thought it was a perfect place for a wedding since kahua refers to a base or foundation and figuratively refers to a declaration of principles or policy. Kinda like marriage vows right? Promising to be there for each other in good times yada yada yada.
- ʻO ke kahua ma mua, ma hope ke kūkulu – The foundation first, afterwards the building.
In other words, it is important to first lay a solid foundation. Once that is done, then you can begin to build upon it. This is true for things like building a house but also extends to things like learning how to read. And learning algebra is a bit difficult unless you have a solid understanding of simpler mathematics skills.
- ʻAʻohe kahua o nā manu – There is no place of the birds to light (It is very crowded).
- E hana mua a paʻa ke kahua ma mua o ke aʻo ʻana aku iā haʻi – Build yourself a firm foundation before teaching others.
Hoʻokahua – To lay a foundation, establish, found; to camp or be stationed, as soldiers; to settle down and develop a place, as homesteaders.
- Hoʻokahua ka noʻonoʻo – settle down to a task with determination to see it through.
- Koʻu noho aliʻi i hoʻokahua ʻia maluna o kahi puʻuʻ pele – my kingdom established on a lava hill.