Maui Blog - Georgie Hunter R(S): Hawaiian words you might encounter - Hale and Hala

Hawaiian words you might encounter - Hale and Hala

Hawaiian words you might encounter - Hale and Hala

Took a drive around East Maui with some visitors and stopped in at the Seven Pools (NOT Seven Sacred Pools by the way).  It was the most beautiful day with no rain at all.  Anyway, this is just a couple of quick pictures to show a couple of the sights at the park, which is part of Haleakala National Park.

a Hawaiian HALE in Haleakala National Park, Seven Pools

HALE - is Hawaiian for a building, home or house.  Pronounced like HA-LAY

In fact the word HALE can be found as a part of larger words such as HALEAKALA which means house of the sun!

 a HALA TREE in Haleakala National Park, Seven Pools

HALA - is a type of tree that's common in the wetter parts of Hawaii.  Pronounced like HA-LA

Hala was a very important plant to the Hawaiians.  The Hala, or screwpine, is of the Pandanus genus and can be found in most tropical Pacific islands. 

You might see these trees and think they are bearing pineapples, but that's not the case.  They have a big seed cluster that sort of resembles a pineapple.  The wood was used for building materials.  

The leaves of the tree are called lauhala and were used for weaving mats and baskets.  Sails of the Hawaiian sailing canoes were crafted of lauhala.

I found a great website that explains how to prepare these leaves for weaving.  


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Comment balloon 8 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • May 07 2013 12:51PM


Gorgeous.  Looks warm from here.  I love the sound of Hawai'ian, and the music, too.  Slack-key forever.

Posted by Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore (Brad MacKenzie) over 5 years ago

Beautiful pictures!  It's been a few years since I have been to your beautiful part of the world so thank you.


I work with my 4 year old on new words from different cultures so these will be hers for today.  Since we live in the Valley of the Sun - in Scottsdale AZ - I like Haleakala.  We will be moving soon and I think I just found the name for our new home.

Enjoy the day-


Posted by Judy Hudek, Your Professional Realtor (Realty ONE Group) over 5 years ago

Thank you for the leaves weaving link, this wil make my wife happy.


Posted by LUVA Real Estate, The Personalized Service You Deserve! (Sales and Management - Luxury Vacation Rentals - Concierge Services) over 5 years ago

Thanks Georgina for this clear pronunciation and definition of these words. Maui is my favorite place to visit.

Posted by Kathy Stoltman, Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793 (Rockwood Realty) over 5 years ago

I love this root system! Screw pines are also found in the southern sections of Florida but not up here in our area since we generally get a couple of days per year that freeze. Too bad, I love the look of them!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 5 years ago

Hi Georgina, I like the first photo, it looks so peaceful.  The screw-pine leaves have needles, I wonder how it may affect the mats and baskets.  

Posted by Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale (Kwee Huset Realty) over 5 years ago

Hi Georgina,

Great post full of very interesting facts and the pictures are terrific. Your place in the US is a little piece of paradise. Thanks for sharing,

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 5 years ago

@Kwee - the edges of the leaves are stripped of their spikes before using for weaving.

Thank you everyone for your positive comments!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 5 years ago

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