First in our series of Hawaiian Words and Wisdom. Visit us online to learn new Hawaiian vocabulary and wisdom through stories.
Hawaiian Words: LeLe, Ho’olele
Lele – To fly, jump, leap, hop, skip, swing, bounce, burst forth; to sail through the air, as a meteor; to rush out, as to attack; to get out of, as from a car; to dismount, as from a horse; to land, disembark, as from a canoe; to undertake; to move, as stars in the sky; to move, as in checkers; a jump, leap, attack.
Hoʻolele – To cause to fly; to fly, as a kite; to disembark, to embark, as on a project; to palpitate, as the heart; to enlarge or project, as pictures.
In ancient Hawai`i, there were many activities which involved the verb and action to Lele. There were great competitive challenges to see. Such as: Which individual could Lele and make the biggest splash of water as they would Lele from high cliffs and rocks. At Kualoa Ranch Hawai`i, there is a different sort of Lele… Come check it out!
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