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WEBSITE DEFINITIONS

The following definitions are provided to optimize your learning and understanding of the material covered on this website.

Definitions:

  • Cultural Competence - Refers to Native Hawaiian cultural competence i.e., uniquely Hawaiian in look, feel, sight, smell, sound, and ʻike (Hawaiian perspective of awareness, knowledge, understanding, and comprehension).

  • Haʻa - Haʻa is not a particular dance, but refers to a style of dance that is done with bent knees.

  • Haʻakoa - Haʻakoa is not a particular dance, but refers to a style of dance that is done with bent knees and is warrior in nature.

  • Haʻakoa Eia Hawaiʻi - Haʻakoa Eia Hawaiʻi is a particular dance in the Haʻakoa style.  The words are from a 12th century mele.  The motions include Lua, Haʻa, and Hula, that may be hundreds if not thousands of years old.

  • Today’s Innovations, Tomorrow's Tradition's - Refers to cultural protocols created today that in time (2-3 generations) may be recognized as cultural traditions.

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