—Sustainability. Mauō is made up of two basic words; mau, stability, unbroken continuity, and o, enduring in a healthy state. This new Hawaiian word was coined by the Hawaiian Language Lexicon Committee in 2016.
“The practice of mauō is not new to Hawaiʻi as the ancestors of this ʻāina knew the limited resources of the mokupuni (island) and the importance of mauō. As current stewards of this ʻāina, let us all reflect on what mauō means to us all. ”
—Kealohanui Aylett, Haumāna ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language student), Honolulu Community College
For more information on other elements of the definition and usage, go to Honolulu CC‘s webpage.
- Related UH News story: Hawaiian language departments launch ʻōlelo of the week, February 1, 2022