Nui nā hiʻohiʻona o ka papakū o ka moana, e like me ka maunakai, ke kualapa, a me ke awāwa hohonu ma ke kai kūhohonu, ʻaʻole pā mai nā kukuna o ka lā. ʻO ka palaoa kekahi kino lau i ke au o Kanaloa e ʻaumoana ana i ke kai lipolipo. ʻOiai he wao pōʻeleʻele ka moana hohonu, ʻike pono lākou ma o ka hawewe kani ʻana. E ʻoluʻolu, e ʻeʻe pū mai me mākou ma luna o ko mākou moku ʻimi naʻauao, a e aʻo mai nō i kekahi mau hua ʻōlelo hou e pili ana i nā ʻano mahele like ʻole o ke kai lipolipoa a ma ka hana palapala papakū i hoʻākea i ka maopopo ʻana i kēia kaiāola i ke au a Kanaloa.
There are many features on the seafloor, such as seamounts, ridges, and deep valleys where the rays of the sun do not reach these spaces. The sperm whale is one of the many life forms of Kanaloa who travels within these depths. Though the deep ocean is a dark realm, they navigate using sound waves. Please join us as we learn several terms in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi that describe different elements of the deep ocean and how sea-floor mapping has helped us better understand these ecosystems in the currents of Kanaloa (ocean deity).
This video is part of our ongoing series to uplift ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi. With the goal to build a culturally-grounded connection with the deep ocean and foster youth and community interest in careers connected to the ocean like science, technology, engineering, math, and maritime careers, OET is eager to serve local communities in creating receptive and inclusive partnerships affirming respect, equity, and reciprocity.