HE MOMI E LEI AI, a pearl to wear as a lei, was created years ago by Kumu Liana Iaea Honda. In this case, the pearl is a metaphor for a Hawaiian word. Much like the precious nature of a pearl, the hope is that by learning a little bit, just a little bit about a Hawaiian word, every weekday, you will be able to sew many pearls together into a beautiful lei that you can keep close to your poli, your bosom. “He Momi” is for the new language learner. While many Hawaiian words have several meanings, you won’t be delving too deeply into all the meanings of one “pearl”. A small morsel of manaʻo (thoughts) will be shared daily, Monday through Friday, just enough to get your brain engaged, conjure up some memories or cause you to want to pursue the Hawaiian language even further. E nanea — Enjoy.
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