Kamole, Kauō (Laysan Island)
Kamole means “ancestral root, foundation, source or cause,” such as a root that runs through the earth and traces one’s ancestry back to the source. Kamole also describes the location of Laysan Island, the first major landfall following French Frigate Shoals moving toward the northwest. Kauō, meaning “egg,” describes both the island’s shape and the abundance of seabirds that nest here. Kauō can be either the yolk or the egg white, its meaning specified with the modifier melemele ʻyellowʻ or keʻokeʻo ʻwhiteʻ.