Folk speech
Proverbs

ʻaʻohe mālama, pau i ka ʻiole

Informant: Uluwehi is a 21-year-old student from Hawaiʻi. She is from the island of Oʻahu.

Main Piece:

Original: “ʻaʻohe mālama, pau i ka ʻiole”

Translation: “None take care, gone to the rat”

Transliteration: “If you’re not careful and you don’t take care of your things, they’ll disappear”

Background Information about the Performance: The informant was taught this piece in school. It is important to her because it reminds her to care for her belongings and not lose them.

Context of Performance: The piece was taught in school to remind children to keep their belongings neat.

Thoughts: The informant mentioned that proverbs were taught every week in school, which I found interesting as proverbs were never a formal part of my learning when I grew up.


This piece can also be found here:
“‘Ōlelo No’eau.” ‘Ōlelo No’eau. Aha Punana Leo, n.d. Web. 19 Apr. 2017. <http://www.ahapunanaleo.org/index.php?%2Fprograms%2Fohana_info%2Folelo_noeau%2F>.

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