Puhala and the Revenge of the Matu

Chapter 7 Questions

  1. In the book, Puhala and the Revenge of the Matu, the Matu language is described as similar to the Hawaiian language. Why would that be the case?

  2. Kukui nuts were especially important to the people of Hawaii. Name three different ways kukui nuts were used and are still are used today?

  3. Understanding time is an extremely critical concept. Knowing the importance of months, years seasons are crucial to surviving. From what you have read, how long do you think a single kukui nut would take to burn?

  4. In the book Puhala and the Revenge of the Matu, midnight is mentioned. How could an individual in ancient Hawaii determine when midnight was?

  5. The god Lono is very prominent in Hawaiian culture. Describe three characteristics of the Hawaiian god Lono.

  6. Puhala and the Revenge of the Matu is a historical fiction. What is meant by a historical fiction?

  7.  Have you ever started a camp fire? Do you think it is easy or difficult to start a fire with only sticks? What is the most important item needed to start a fire without matches?

  8. In chapter 7 the author speaks of Vaitahi’s bird.  What brought the bird back to life?

  9. Why did Ele’s auntie tell the story of Vaitahi’s bird?

  10. Do you think Ele was frightened becoming a spy? How did she combat the fear?