Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono
The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness
The words above is Hawaii’s state motto and has been around for over a century. It’s been said that in 1843, King Kamehameha III said these words at Thomas Square on Oahu when the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Hawaii was returned by the British.
Given that the Merrie Monarch Festival is going on, I figured this topic would be fitting.
Mau – Give Eternal and Lasting Existence
“Mau” alone means to perpetuate, to have an unending continuation, to give eternal and lasting existence. When I think of perpetuation, I think of culture, teachings, traditions, and legacy of oneself and others.
In Hawaii, many of us try to perpetuate the culture in many different ways; language, hula, lua, farming, chanting, and more. These are activities that many of our ancestors during ancient Hawaii took part in. But does that mean in order to perpetuate our culture and the stories and teachings of our ‘ohana, we must do all those activities?
This is where the Ku Lifestyle comes in…
I no longer dance hula, and I try to make it to lua class whenever possible with my schedule, which is very rare. I don’t go into a taro patch every week. I don’t chant. So you may asking, then what do you do?
You see, when I think of Mau, I think about the way we do things and the way hold ourselves. My dad and Irecently spoke about this idea. He told me a short story to reflect on.
A Hawaiian judge, wearing a suit with a tie, was talking to a Hawaiian man, who wore casual clothes. During the conversation, the Hawaiian man tells the judge, “You one haole now, you wear a tie.” The Hawaiian judge stayed calm and replied, “Our ali’i wore capes made out of beautiful feathers, this is a part of my cape.”
In order to Mau, to perpetuate, you must hold yourself to a higher standard. Living Ku, guides you towards perpetuating the things that matter most to you and your family.
When I coach athletes at Ku Performance Hawaii , I coach with the values and lessons I learned from my ancestors. I hold standards of Lanakila, Ho’omau , Ho’omana , Ikaika , and push my athletes to become stronger, to be Ku.
With a Ku lifestyle, in order for you to perpetuate the things that matter most to you – culture, traditions, stories, etc – it’s important to be strong and build a Ku body, a pono mind, and a ma’ema’e soul.
It’s not only about what we do, it’s also about How we do it and most importantly WHY we do it.
How do you perpetuate your culture?
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