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Hawaiian Word of the Day
Weekdays at 7:30am & 5:29pm on HPR-1 and WEEKDAYS AT 3PM ON HPR-2

This daily feature encourages awareness of the use of the Hawaiian Language in everyday conversation. In each 30 second vignette host Leilani Poli`ahu introduces a new word, explains what it means, spells it, and models the correct pronunciation

  • Mākaukau means "able, competent, prepared." You often hear this word called out by chanters who are asking the hula dancers if they are ready. The answer is always ʻae, for yes.