Hawaiian proverbs

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Proverbs from all Hawaiian speaking parts of the world.

E[edit]

  • E noho iho i ke opu weuweu, mai ho ` oki`eki`e.
    • Translation: Remain among the clumps of grass and do not elevate yourself.
    • English equivalent: The meek shall inherit the earth.
    • Meaning: "Humility will ultimately be rewarded."
    • Source for meaning of English equivalent: Martin H. Manser (2007). The Facts on File Dictionary of Proverbs. Infobase Publishing. p. 186. ISBN 978-0-8160-6673-5. 
    • Redfern (2009). Ancient Wisdoms: Exploring the Mysteries and Connections. AuthorHouse. p. 115. ISBN 1449057608. 

O[edit]

  • O ka makapo wale no ka mea hapapa i ka pouli.
    • Translation: Only the blind gropes in the darkness.
    • English equivalent: Standing pools gathers mud.
    • Meaning: If you have no direction in life, you'll get nowhere or another way to put it is, "If you're going nowhere, you're guaranteed to get there."
    • Redfern (2009). Ancient Wisdoms: Exploring the Mysteries and Connections. AuthorHouse. p. 114. ISBN 1449057608.