Alohacash $20 Maui – Tutu

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The formal Hawaiian term for grandmother is “kuku wahine”, but Tutu is used most commonly and with great affection. Tutu can also be used to refer to grandfather, but gender can be specified by either Tutu Kane (Grandfather) or Tutu Wahine (Grandmother).The Hawaiian extended family, or ‘Ohana, is a strong cultural and developmental bond even today, with many generations gathering together and overseeing the guidance of the Keiki (children).

“Tūtū”

Tūtū, translated as Granny, is a famous mele hula composed by Queen Liliʻuokalani…….

Hui:
E aloha kākou iā ia
E mālama kākou iā tūtū
E hoʻano kākou iā ia
Ko kākou kupuna wahine

A kau mai e ke ahiahi
Hoʻomākaukau e pule
Kiʻi akula i nā makaaniani
Auwe! Ua nalowale

Aia i kā lae
I ka lae kahi kau ai
Ua poina loa ʻia
I luna i ka lae

Chorus:
Now we must all show her reverence
We must all love our dear Tûtû
We must do all to honor her
Our dear Grandma Tûtû

As the hour of eve drew near
She’d prepare for eve’s devotion
And now seeks her glasses
But lo, they are not there

She had placed them on her forehead
High up above her brow
And there she soon forgot them
High up above her forehead

 This depiction of a dear Tutu calls to mind the diverse cultural history of the islands, and the great love Hawaiians hold for the ’Ohana (family) and Aina (land). Her studied concentration, the beauty of her graceful Holoku, and the hibiscus adorning her hair – she graces the $20 denomination for the Island of Maui, the other side being the Iao Valley.

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