Special Effects - Hawaiian
Master of ceremonies, conch shell blower (optional), six Cub Scouts, someone to operate a tape player.
Tropical plants, tiki torches (improvised imitations for indoors); headdress and lei for the master of ceremonies; a shell or flower lei for each adult participant; conch shell; Hawaiian music and tape player; cards printed with the Hawaiian words; and for each person being recognized, a certificate or award and a flower or paper lei.
The torches on stage are lighted, and the house lights are turned down. Soft Hawaiian music playing in the background fades out. Three blasts of the conch shell start the ceremony, then the shell is blown four more times. The first blast is made facing east. Then there is a slight pause, and a chant may be performed. The second blast on the conch shell is made facing west. Then there is another pause, and another chant may be performed. The third blast is made facing south, and another pause is allowed. The fourth blast of the conch shell is made facing north.
Master of Ceremonies: (Addresses the audience in the traditional greeting style.) Aloha! Welcome to our [month) pack meeting. Traditional Hawaiian family life has many of the same ideals as Cub Scouting.
(The first Cub Scout comes on stage carrying a card with the word ALOHA on it.)
Aloha has many meanings: love, affection, compassion, mercy, pity, kindness, charity, hello, good-bye, alas, and regards. The Hawaiian family provides a ready source of love, affection, kindness, courtesy, and hospitality. In Hawaii, aloha is shown and given not only to family members but to all who visit.
(The second Cub Scout comes on stage carrying a card with the word IKE on it.)
Ike means to recognize everyone as a person. Everyone needs to be recognized, especially children. Ike can be given in a number of ways. It can be a look, a word, a touch, a hug, a gesture, and even a scolding. Children need to give ike to each other, so if the teacher demonstrates the giving of ike then the children will follow the example.
(The third Cub Scout comes on stage carrying a card with the word KOKUA on it.)
|HO'OHIKI KIEKI KIU |
(Cub Scout Promise)
|O wau o amalia, ho'ohiki no ka hana ana i kou kilohana |
Me ka hana ana i ka'u mahelehana,
i ke akua ame ko'u a'ina kahiki,
A e kokua i kekahi po'e
A e ho'olohe i na kanawai
o ka pu'ali.
|I, [name], promise to do |
To do my duty to God and
To help other people, and
To obey the Law of the Pack.
| ||O Hawaii, o sands of |
My native home,
I rejoice in the blessings of heaven
O Hawaii, Aloha.
Happy youth of Hawaii
May your divine throngs speak,
Your loving people,
The holy light from above.
God protects you,
Kokua, which means help, was an important part of every household in old Hawaii. Every member helped get the work done. They did not have to be asked to Kokua. They helped whenever they saw help was needed.
(The fourth Cub Scout comes on stage carrying a card with the word KULEANA on it.)
Kuleana. One of the most important kuleana, or responsibilities, of every family member, was to maintain acceptable standards of behavior. Attention-seeking behavior was frowned upon, and respect for social rank and seniority was a must. Each person was taught what was acceptable and not acceptable. He or she learned to accept and carry out his or her kuleana, or responsibilities, willingly.
(The fifth Cub Scout comes on stage carrying a card with the word LAULIMA on it.)
Laulima means many hands. Everyone in the family the ohana-shared the workload. Whether it was planting, building a house or a fishpond, preparing a meal, or fishing, each person did a share of the work to get it done, If a man wanted a house built, his ohana-his family-willingly came to help. They gathered the building materials, built the foundation, put up the frame, and installed the thatched roof. They also gathered the pili grass and other thatching materials. Children helped in whatever way they could. This kind of laulima made the work easier and more enjoyable.
(The sixth Cub Scout comes on stage carrying a card with the word LOKAHI on it.)
Lokahi means harmony and unity. The family, considered lokahi very important, not only with people but also with the universe. The members of the family showed this in their daily living by sharing goods and services with each other.
The ohana, or family members, generously gave to others no matter how tittle they themselves had. Strangers were greeted with aloha and invited to come in and partake of food. Anyone visiting another area took food or a gift as a symbol of hospitality. They established lokahi with the universe by observing the law of daily living, which included homage to the gods. This kind of behavior nurtured harmony in the family-lokahi in the ohana.
(During the awards and recognition portions of the program, leis are presented in addition to the badges or certificates.)
(Four blasts of the conch shell are repeated. This time the directions change: first to the north, second to the south, third to the west, and fourth to the east. Another version is three blasts: one to the mountains, one to the land, and the third to the sea.)
This concludes our meeting. Mahalo-thank you-for your attendance. Aloha.