HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaiian Word of the Day is mo'oku'auhau. In pre-colonial Hawaiian society mo'oku'auhau, or genealogy, was paramount. Each high chief retained several orators whose sole job was to recite theirs chief's genealogy upon request. Unlike the rigid terms of genealogy today, Hawaiian mo'oku'auhau were more fluid and inclusive of a larger extended family system. This enabled the chief to claim more than one mother or father in order to improve his rank.
The Hawaiian Word of the Day is mo'oku'auhau.