n. Lesson, assignment, task, gift (Rom. 11.29), appropriation, allowance, grant, or contribution, honorarium, allotment, award, as of money; donation, portion, deal or hand in cards, dream, article (section in a law).

Haʻawina, the general term used for lesson, task or assignment, is apropos today as it is day 1 for most schools in Hawaiʻi. Plenty haʻawina will be shared among teachers and students. Hopefully back and forth, reciprocally.

Most of all, though, I love that haʻawina also refers to gift. Isn’t it the truth, though? Whenever we learn a lesson, especially those that may be difficult to swallow, it is a gift. Any opportunity to learn something that will make our world or our lives a better place to be is a gift.

And dream! The connection I make there is that we frequently learn from our dreams if we are open to it.

Did you receive an award of money? Count that as a haʻawina. Wow. So useful this word! I usually use it for lesson or assignment (that is the teacher in me), but I am going to make a conscious effort to

Nui kaʻu mau haʻawina – I have learned a lot.

Ua maopopo anei iā ʻoe ka haʻawina? – Did you understand the lesson?

Ua loaʻa mai kekahi haʻawina no kaʻu hana – I received a grant award for my work.

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