Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 15th By Leilani Poli`ahu • Feb 15, 2021 ShareTweetEmail Punahou is another beautiful Oʻahu place name that is often mispronounced. Punahou means “new spring.” When you say it don't drop that last vowel sound. Reshape your lips so you end up forming the last half of that “o-u” diphthong. Listen Listening... / 0:28 Tags: HWOTDhawaiianWordShareTweetEmailView the discussion thread. Related Content Manu Minute: Noio, the Aku Bird By Patrick Hart & Savannah Harriman-Pote & Ann Tanimoto-Johnson • Feb 3, 2021 Special thanks to Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for today's field recordings.