AKAU BOARDS - Kānāwai Māmalahoe

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Kānāwai Māmalahoe

E nā kānaka, E mālama ʻoukou i ke akua. A e mālama hoʻi i kānaka nui a me kānaka iki; E hele ka ʻelemakule, ka luahine, a me ke kama a moe i ke ala ʻaʻohe me nāna e hoʻopilikia. Hewa nō, make.

 

Law of the Splintered Paddle

Oh people, Honor thy god; Respect alike [the rights of] people both great and humble; May everyone, from the old men and women to the children, be free to go forth and lie in the road (i.e. by the roadside or pathway) without fear of harm. Break this law, and die.