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Hawaiian Studies

A collection of books, articles, databases, primary sources, and more related to the Hawaiian islands and its history, culture, food, art, agriculture, botany, language, community, activism, and more!

Mo'olelo

According to the Pukui's Hawaiian-English dictionary the word moʻolelo may refer to:  Story, tale, myth, history, tradition, literature, legend, journal, log, yarn, fable, essay. 

Or, according to the Parker Hawiian-English dictionary it refers to:  A continuous or connected narrative; a history, a tradition.

In Hawaiian thought moʻolelo is a holistic expression of both artistic and intellectual articulations. Because of this moʻolelo may refer to any one of these meanings, or to a combination of all of them.

This is not to imply that moʻolelo is separate from other areas of study in Hawaiian language, or in Hawaiian Studies.  Rather, this should serve as a starting point to begin an exploration into the many layers of moʻolelo. (Courtesy of the University of Hawai'i, Manoa)

While Seattle University does not offer Hawaiian language courses, there are some resources below that can help you in self-study of the Hawaiian Language.

Monographs, Serials & Media

Hawaiian Language Dictionaries

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