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Thursday, January 27, 2011

What Makes a House a Home?

We all know the answer to that question, right? It’s love and family. And friends and sharing. And memories.

The early Hawaiians probably used caves for their first homes. Not much street appeal, huh? Probably not a lot of gorgeous interior decorating either, but I bet those homes were filled with love, family, food, friends, and memories.

Later the Hawaiians built homes. A home was called a Hale. Remember how to pronounce the Hawaiian alphabet? Say the “a” as “ah” and the “e” as “long a.” These homes were built with pole frames, cut and stripped in the wooded areas. The poles were then dragged to the place where the home would be built. The frames were made by tying the poles together with Sennit, and then thatched with Pili Grass or Hala Leaves.

The floor of the hale was dirt, covered with small pebbles. Hala Mats were woven and put down for the final touch on the floors.

There were no windows, so the hale was dark. Thank goodness they had the sun right outside!

I bet your home is a little brighter, has more street appeal, and has tons of modern conveniences! I know mine does. But the most important thing to me is the love and memories formed in my home, as well as how much we share our blessings with friends and other family members.

Enjoy the blessings in your home every day!




  1. That sounds so harsh! Even in paradise, it can be rough. Love all that I'm learning!
    Edge of Your Seat Romance

  2. Funny, Raquel!

    I think the Hawaiian culture and history is so interesting. I'm learning and re-discovering things by writing this blog--loving it! Thanks for your support.

  3. Like the name of your blog. My older brother was a pastor on Maui for several years.

  4. How interesting and wonderful about your uncle, Max! I'm hoping to get back there soon--maybe even spend some large chunks of time there, especially since my books are based in Hawaii!!

    Thanks for visiting and your comments! Have a "flip-flop" day! (that is, once you're shoveled free of all that snow!)


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