Hawaiian proverbs

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Proverbs from all Hawaiian speaking parts of the world.




  • 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."
  • Every man I meet is in some way my superior; and in that I can learn of him.


  • Mohala i ka wai ka maka o ka pua
    • "Unfolded by the water are the faces of the flowers"
    • Huna.org


  • 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.