In this chapter, the author tells the story of a young kahu and his encounter with dying and dead lizards (moʻo) to highlight the strength and sanctity of ʻike kūpuna, or ancestral knowledge. Her use of the moʻo offers a powerful metaphor for the regenerative power of ʻike kūpuna and all the (re)connections that “moʻo” have in our cultural epistemologies, such as moʻolelo, moʻokūʻauhau (genealogy, ancestry), and kuamoʻo (backbone, spine, trail, path).
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