Hawaiian Sayings Quotes

Mai Ka Lani Mai = Literally, ” From The Heaven”
Mai Ka Lani Mai = Figuratively, “Heaven-Sent”

Life has its dark times, and we lose our clarity. The following came to us at a time when life’s losses threatened to cloud our perspective, these well-articulated words of wisdom relit our path. May they shine their light on yours. Just as this message found its way to us, it has found you. It is…Mai Ka Lani Mai – Heaven-Sent.


Sometimes, there are those who come into your life, and you know right away that they were meant to be there — to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or help figure out who you are, or who you want to become.

`A`ohe pau ka `ike i ka hâlau ho`okâhi.
All knowledge is not taught in one school.
One learns from many sources.

You never know who they may be, but when you lock eyes with them, you know that every moment that they will affect your life in some profound way.

Ua hilo `ia i ke aho a ke aloha.
Braided with the cords of love.
Held in the bond of affection.

And, sometimes things happen to you that, at the time, may seem horrible, painful and unfair, but upon reflection, you realize that without overcoming those obstacles, you would have never realized your potential, strength, will power or heart.

He po`i na kai uli, kai ko`o, `a`ohe hina pûkoa.
Thought the seas be deep and rough,
the coral rock remains standing.
Said of one who remains calm in the face of difficulty.

Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of luck, good or bad. Illness, injury, love, moments of true greatness or sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul.

`A`ohe pu`u ki`eki`e ke ho`â`o `ia e pi`i.
No cliff is so tall that it cannot be scaled.
No problem is too great when one tries hard to solve it.

Without these tests, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. Safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.

He ihona, he pi`ina, he kaolo.
A going down, a going up, a going on a level road.
So it is with life.

Those you meet affect your life, and you affect theirs. The successes and downfalls that you experience can create who you are, and from the “bad” experiences, you learn. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important lessons, creating a better prepared and stronger you.

`A`ohe `ulu e loa`a i ka pôkole o ka lou.
No breadfruit can be reached when the picking stick is too short.
There is no success without preparation.

If you have been hurt or betrayed by others, and your heart has been broken, forgive them. They have helped you learn about trust and mistrust. You now know better the importance of scanning, weighing, thinking for yourself, and being cautious with whom you open your heart. You now know the pain that you will be careful not to inflict on others. You now value and appreciate those who are worthy of your trust.

Aloha mai no, aloha aku;
o ka huhû ka mea e ola `ole ai.
When love is given, love should be returned;
anger is the thing that gives no life.
Hawaiians understood the transforming power of Aloha.
Love begets love, and enmity produces enmity.
Anger only serves to hurt the angry, causing
emotional upset, which impairs mental,
physical, and spiritual well-being.

If certain persons love you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love and open your eyes to what is important to the heart and soul, especially the little things.

Mai `ena i ke kanaka i laka aku.
Do not shy away from a person who is attracted to you.
Treat a person who comes in kindness with kindness.

Make every day count. Appreciate every moment, and take from it everything you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again. Then, give back fully with a grateful heart.

O kau aku, o ka ia la mai,
pelâ ka nohona o ka `ohana.
From you and from him — so lived the family.
The farmer gave to the fisherman, the fisherman to the farmer.
(Take from life, give back to life.)

Actually listen to the wise and more experienced.

Mai pale i ke a`o a ka makua.
Do not set aside the teaching of your elders.

He lohe ke ola, he kuli ka make.
To hear is life, to turn a deaf ear is death..
It pays to heed sound advice.

Let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high. Hold your head up, because you have every right to do so. Know that you are an individual of great worth. Believe in yourself, for if you do not believe in yourself, no one else will.

Ho`olike ka mana`o i Wailohia.
Make your minds alike at Wailohia.
Turn your mind onto the same channel with bright thoughts.
A play on wai (water) and lohia (sparkle).

Create your own life, and then go out and live it.

Môhala ka pua, ua wehe kaiao.
The blossoms are opening, for dawn is breaking.
Look forward with joy to a new day.

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1 Response to Hawaiian Sayings Quotes

  1. tita says:

    he aloha mau ko’u
    forever i’ll love you

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