Oli & Mele

Oli, or chant is a traditional form of expression that was and still is used today in all aspects of life such as acknowledging one's genealogy, honoring a person or place, storytelling, or as protocol before and after certain activities. Here at Kula Kaiapuni ʻo Ānuenue, our students begin their day with oli. As in traditional times, a student or group of students would ask their teacher for permission before entering his or her school of learning. In other instances, they would express a chant of aloha, humility, and gratitude while acknowledging the traditions of their forefathers.