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TRADITIONAL WAYS OF KNOWING: Whale Communication

<p>Fig. 1. Humpback whale breaching.</p>

For more information on the cultural imporance of whales in Hawaiʻi, check out these resources below:

 

Whale Vocabulary

  • Koholā: Humpback whale
  • Palaoa: Sperm whale; also means ivory, especially whale ivory used to make whale-toothed pendands (lei niho palaoa), a symbol of high rank

 

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Exploring Our Fluid Earth, a product of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG), College of Education. University of Hawaii, 2011. This document may be freely reproduced and distributed for non-profit educational purposes.