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Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 24th

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Kikowaena means “center.” You can use it to describe such things as a shopping center. Ala Moana Center, for example, is kikowaena ku ʻae ō Ala Moana.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 21st

Sep 21, 2018

Ahiahi, the Hawaiian word for “evening,” is one that calls for a glide in your pronunciation. Ahiahi is that beautiful time of  day, the late afternoon.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 20th

Sep 20, 2018

When someone asks how you are, a good response might be, “oia mau nō,” an idiom that means “same as ever, just the same.” It is often said in answer to the question, “Pehea ʻoe?

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 19th

Sep 19, 2018

Kānāwai means “law, code, rule, statute, act, regulation, ordinance." There are many famous kānāwai, like the Law of the Splintered Paddle, and many we may not like. Ke kānāwai is “the law.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 18th

Sep 18, 2018

Alapiʻi means stairs, steps, ladder, or any ascent. Even a musical scale can be called an alapiʻi mele. Be careful when you walk up the alapiʻi!

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 17th

Sep 17, 2018

ʻAʻole means “no.” ʻAʻole is an interjection which also means “not, never,” and you may hear it pronounced ʻaʻale. You will commonly hear it even in English conversation when people say - ʻaʻole pilikia – no trouble.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 14th

Sep 14, 2018

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is the name of our state, Hawaiʻi. It is pronounced either as “Hawaiʻi” or “Havaiʻi.” Yes, either is okay. Language experts say you can pronounce it with a “w” or a “v” if that sound follows an “a.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 13th

Sep 13, 2018

Puakō is the name of a place on the Big Island, a beautiful place on the Kohala Coast where some 3,000 petroglyphs have been found. It means sugar cane blossom. “Pua” is blossom and the modifier “” means sugar cane.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 12th

Sep 12, 2018

Our Hawaiian word for today, hāpai, is one most people in Hawaiʻi already know and use, even in English conversation. It means to carry, and is most often used to describe a woman who is expecting a baby. It also means “to lift, raise, hoist, hold up, or support.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 11th

Sep 11, 2018

Manu means bird or any winged creature, even the wing of a kite. We have many kinds of beautiful manu in Hawaiʻi, many of them found only in Hawaiʻi, and threatened with extinction.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 10th

Sep 10, 2018

Oli means a chant that was danced to, especially with prolonged phrases chanted in one breath, often with a trill at the end of each phrase. We call a chanter a mea oli.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 7th

Sep 7, 2018

Alakaʻi means “to lead, guide, direct, a leader, a guide, or a conductor.” We usually hear it in relationship to hula, as those dancers who assist a kumu hula in leading and teaching hula dancers.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 6th

Sep 6, 2018

Kumu means “source, foundation, basis, root.” Nana i ke kumu means “to look at the source,” and we use the same word for “teacher.” O wau ke kumu -  I am your teacher.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 5th

Sep 5, 2018

Although it is often mispronounced,  muʻumuʻu is one of the best known of Hawaiian words. It means “cut off, shortened,” and is the name so often given to a large fitting gown, because the yoke was often missing, and the sleeves short. It's first meaning, however, is “amputated, maimed.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 4th

Sep 4, 2018

Haʻahaʻa means “lowly, humble, unpretentious, modest, and unassuming.” Remember it as a good way to sign off a letter – me haʻahaʻa – with humility.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 3rd

Sep 3, 2018

Aupuni means “government,” and can be modified to tell what kind of government we are talking about. For example, aupuni peke lala is the federal government, and aupuni koloniala is the colonial government.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 31st

Aug 31, 2018

Kahaluʻu, the proper name for a beautiful Windward Oʻahu location. It means diving place. Kaha is “place” and luʻu is “diving.” Be sure to sound the glottal stop, or ʻokina.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 30th

Aug 30, 2018

Waihona is a depository. It can be a closet, a file, even a bank – any place for laying up things for safekeeping. A waihona noʻo noʻo, or place to store thoughts, for example, is your mind.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 29th

Aug 29, 2018

means to cry, weep, lament, or to mourn. You might hear a mother say, “Mai ʻue” – don't cry – or you might use it to discuss the reactions of the Hawaiians to the loss of their Queen: ʻue nakanaka – the people weep.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 28th

Aug 28, 2018

Mākaukau means able, competent, capable, skilled, expert, prepared. We often hear a kumu hula call out that one word question to her students – “Mākaukau?” – and the answer is always ʻae – yes.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 27th

Aug 27, 2018

Pau is one of the most commonly used, and misused, of Hawaiian words. Pau kahana – the work is finished. Yes, pau means finished, ended, all done, final, even consumed and destroyed. Work is finished, so you can say “pau kahana.” But donʻt say “I'm pau,” that would mean you are dead or finished. And don't ask, “Are you pau?”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 24th

Aug 24, 2018

Pāʻia means noisy. It is best known as a small town in East Maui, and because it is so often misspelled, it is mispronounced.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 23rd

Aug 23, 2018

Lāʻie is one of the most often mispronounced Hawaiian place names on Oʻahu. It means the ʻie leaf.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 22nd

Aug 22, 2018

Ask any fourth grader, “What is Hawaiʻi's state bird?” and you will hear nēnē. Nēnē, the endangered Hawaiian goose, still lives in the wild on Maui and on the Big Island.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 21st

Aug 21, 2018

Another very commonly used Hawaiian word is nani. Nani means beautiful. It is often used in names as in pua nani for “beautiful flower.” Nani nō ʻoe – you are beautiful – is a nice expression we hope you hear everyday.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 20th

Aug 20, 2018

Yesterday we told you about mauka, a direction meaning “at the upland.” Today's Hawaiian Word of the Day is makai, meaning “at the sea” the opposite direction of mauka. It is actually two words: ma meaning “at” and kai meaning “sea.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 17th

Aug 17, 2018

We often hear kakahiaka as part of aloha kakahiaka, a greeting early in the day. And most know it means morning. The popular greeting came in to use only after the arrival of the poʻe haole, as a translation for “good morning.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 16th

Aug 16, 2018

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is koa and most of us know it because of the fine things made from the koa tree: canoes, calabashes, furniture, jewelry, ʻukulele, and more. Yes, it is the name of the large native hardwood tree, but koa also means brave, bold, fearless, soldier, warrior, hero, and much more.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 15th

Aug 15, 2018

Kai, for ocean, is another of those short, simple Hawaiian words used by so many who do not speak the language. It is part of many names such as: Kai Nalu, Kai Nehe, Kai ʻOlu, Kai ʻOli, Kai Oʻo, and even Hawaii Kai. And it is often mispronounced.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 14th

Aug 14, 2018

Our Hawaiian Word for today is a beautiful Oʻahu place name, Kawaiahaʻo. And it means the water used by Haʻo. Some say Haʻo was a chief. As most of you know, it is a name for the most famous church on the island, often called the Westminster of the Pacific.

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