‘Ōlelo No‘eau/Hawai'ian Proverbs For The Gardener's Soul...

     ...as well as noteworthy proverbs from around the world.

     Every lanuage is rich in proverbs and poetical sayings - and Hawaiian is no exception.  I see no place where the beauty of the Hawaiian language shines more brightly than in the ‘Ōlelo No‘eau.  May you find the gold in them, and the gold in the proverbs of any language that speaks to your heart - then pass them on...

He keiki aloha na mea kanu.

Beloved children are the plants.

(It is said of farmers that their plants are like beloved children, receiving much attention and care.)


Uwe ka lani, ola ka honua.

When the sky weeps, the earth lives.

(When it rains the earth revives.)


Nānā no ka lāʻau ku hoʻokāhi.

Look for the plant that stands alone.

(Often said by those seeking strong medicinal herbs.  A plant that stood by itself was considered better for medicine than one that grew close to others of its kind.)


If you plan for a year, plant kalo. If you plan for ten years, plant koa. If you plan for one-hundred years, teach the children - Hawai'ian Proverb


When eating a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree - Vietnamese Proverb


When a man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard - Lakota Sioux Proverb


A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek Proverb


Pleasure for one hour, a bottle of wine. Pleasure for one year, a marriage; but pleasure for a lifetime, a garden - Chinese Proverb


The best fertilizer is the gardener's shadow - Anonymous

(Just like people, all plants really need is some love, attention, and care - once they have received what they need, they will stand tall and be fruitful all on their own.)