The Hawaiian Family System

Mary Kawena Pūkuʻi

Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou,
Happy New Year!

It is with much excitement and anticipation to announce the opening of the first ʻImi Naʻauao class; “The Hawaiian Family System.”

The Hawaiian Family System Course focuses on exploring the family structure of Polynesia with emphasis placed upon that Hawaiian family dynamic. Students will be able to understand the familial and societal roles and responsibilities of a pre-19th and 20th century native Hawaiian, as well being able to compare and contrast with the family and societal structure of a 21st century native Hawaiian. Students will also discuss Hawaiian spirituality, and the position of a Hawaiian family within the larger Hawaiian society.

In this course, we will cover all aspects of a traditional Hawaiian lifestyle. This includes gender roles, spirituality, social hierarchies, professions, ceremonies, the traditional Hawaiian calendar, prayers, chants, hula, etc.  This course is highly recommended to students who want an extensive overview of all sections of the Hawaiian lifestyle that is not commonly seen to this day.

The class will focus primarily around the self-documented upbringing of the 20th centuryʻs foremost Hawaiian Scholar; Mary Kawena Pūkuʻi.

By the end of the course, students should be able to incorporate knowledge gained in this class into their own lifestyles, and to be able to synthesize the Hawaiian family structure into their own family and/or hula class structure.

Passing completition of this academic course will be rewarded with a certificate that certifies the student has understood the complexities of a Hawaiian lifestyle, and family.

If you are interested in this course, please do not hesitate to sign up as soon as possible.

I look forward to you joining me in learning the culture deeply.

ʻO au iho me ka haʻahaʻa,
(Yours truly with great sincerity)

Kumu Keliʻi Kalaukoa Masao Grothmann

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