Whale of a Tale

Resource close-up: The Story of Hamumu


Go to the Hawai'i Alive Web site to watch the video of The Hamumu Story told by a traditional storyteller.  Then read the story aloud to your class using descriptive storytelling techniques like hand gestures and voice changes.

Recognizing common elements of story structure, i.e. character, plot, and moral, students will use Handout B and  Handout C and and compare and contrast this story with stories from Alaska, Canada, and Massachusetts. A written version of this story is available as Handout D.

For another story from Hawai'i . . .

Refer to the Learning Center "Maui and the Creation of the Islands" on this web site.