Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 12th

Aug 12, 2020

Oʻahu is the name of the third largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago. Although it is often disputed, many say it means “the gathering place.” The main thing is to pronounce it correctly.

Diving deep into hapa-haole music tonight, and trying to define what makes up this specifically unique genre of music in Hawai'i.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 11th

Aug 11, 2020

ʻOno is another of those very frequently used Hawaiian word understood by most people, even those who do not speak the language. ʻOno means delicious. Be sure to start it with that glottal stop, because ono without the glottal stop, is the popular and tasty fish known in English as the wahoo.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 10th

Aug 10, 2020

Even people who do not speak Hawaiian often use the word huhū. Huhū means angry, offended, indignant, mad, or scolding.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 7th

Aug 7, 2020

Makaʻu means fear, frightened, afraid, cowardly, timid, unsafe, or dangerous. Makaʻu ʻoia aʻu – “he is afraid of me,” or mai makaʻu – “donʻt fear.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 5th

Aug 5, 2020

Hale is a word we all use in Hawaiʻi whether we speak Hawaiian or not. And hale, meaning house or building, is our Hawaiian Word of the Day. There are many kinds of hale from the hale ʻaina, or restaurant, to the hale pule, or church.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 4th

Aug 4, 2020

Kahakai means beach, sea shore, sea coast, seaside, or strand. Ke kahakai o waikīkī is Waikīkī Beach, but it works just as well as a generic term: e helekako i kahakai – let's go to the beach.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 6th

Aug 4, 2020

Hema means left or left side. When you watch a marching group pass by, you will often hear, “hema, hema, hema, ʻākau hema,” or “left, left, left, right, left.” It also means “south,” as in Kona hema – south Kona.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 3rd

Aug 3, 2020

Ala, meaning path or way, is used in so many of our street names, that is pretty well known, and most people know that it is a redundancy to say “Ala Wai Boulevard” or “Ala Moana Boulevard.” Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is alanui, the natural extension of ala. It means a big path, or a big way, a highway or a freeway.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 31st

Jul 31, 2020

Pukīkī is the Hawaiian word for the English word “Portuguese” – a group of people who arrived here by the thousands in the late 1800s.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 30th

Jul 30, 2020

ʻŪala is the Hawaiian name for the sweet potato. Did you know that this delicious and popular Hawaiian staple came from South America?

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 29th

Jul 29, 2020

Laiki is how we say rice in Hawaiian. And since we who live in the Islands eat so much of it, you should know how to say it in Hawaiian. Like so many of our newer Hawaiian words, it was borrowed from the English language.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 28th

Jul 28, 2020

Poʻe means people, persons, even an entire population. The Hawaiian people are called kapoʻe Hawaiʻi. Poʻe can also be used as a plural marker when talking about people, as in kaʻu poʻe keiki – my children.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 27th

Jul 27, 2020

Inoa means name. Koʻo inoa means “my name,” kō inoa means “your name.” So the next time you hear someone ask, “O wai kō inoa?” Just tell them what your name is.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 24th

Jul 24, 2020

Today's Hawaiian Word of the Day is another beautiful place name: Kōkeʻe. It means "to bend" or "to wind." We all know it as the name of the beautiful state park and area on Kauaʻi.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 23rd

Jul 23, 2020

Pekelala is another Hawaiian word borrowed from English, and it means federal. If you listen to the news of the day discussed in Hawaiian, you often hear pekelala, because so much of what is in the news relates to the U.S. federal government.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 22nd

Jul 22, 2020

means: night, darkness, obscurity, the realm of the gods. The Hawaiian day begins at nightfall, so instead of using the word for the days of the week, as is done in English, we use for nights, and then modify it to make the nights of the week. For example pō akihi or pō alua.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 21st

Jul 21, 2020

Pīkake is our name for the fragrant jasmine flower, and it is also the Hawaiian word for peacock.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 20th

Jul 20, 2020

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is another frequently mispronounced Hawaiian place name: Keʻeaumoku. That well-driven street was probably named for a governor of Maui who bore the same name as his father, and ally, and father-in-law of Kamehameha the First.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 17th

Jul 17, 2020

Koko means blood. It took on a special meaning when blood quantum was used by the U.S. government as a way to decide which Hawaiians would receive benefits and which ones would not.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 16th

Jul 16, 2020

Waikīkī means “spouting water” and was reportedly named for the swamps later drained to from the Ala Wai canal.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 15th

Jul 15, 2020

Lānaʻi is another major island name that is often mispronounced. People tend to confuse it with the word for a porch or a stiff back chair or a variety of sweet potato.

Paige Okamura

A year ago to the day, I put my entire life on hold, packed my warm clothes and survival gear into a dry-bag duffle and hopped on an early morning flight to Kona. To quote Joseph Nāwahī, "O ke Aloha Aina, oia ka Ume Mageneti iloko o ka puuwai o ka Lahui." Just two days prior, I had a done a show with the intent of highlighting the honoring of mountains in Hawaiian music, and for various reasons ended up changing its tone. I don't have a lot of regrets, but changing that show's original intent is one of them.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 14th

Jul 14, 2020

Molokaʻi is often called the “friendly island.” And although it's well known in song and chant, it is not known for sure what the name means.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 13th

Jul 13, 2020

ʻĀkau means "north" when used as a direction. But is more commonly used to mean "right," as opposed to left.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 10th

Jul 10, 2020

We hope you find this Hawaiian Word of the Day interesting. If you do, the word to describe your feelings is hoihoi. It means "pleasure, interest, happiness, joy, delight, enjoyment," and  much more.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 9th

Jul 9, 2020

Mele means "song, anthem, or chant of any kind; a poem; or to sing or to chant." Na mele o Hawaiʻi nei means “the songs of Hawaiʻi.”

In celebration of 8 years of Bridging The Gap, I'm taking a stroll down memory lane and re-visiting some of my best shows during my tenure as one of its hosts. One of my favorite and most popular shows is the tribute to Territorial Airwaves show I did last year when the program turned 40 years old.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 8th

Jul 8, 2020

One of the best known Hawaiian words is hula, meaning to dance. Hula is a very generic term for dance. There are many specific types of hula. Don't confuse hula with hulahula, the word you learned for ballroom dancing, and don't say, "hula dancing" – that's redundant.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 7th

Jul 7, 2020

The muʻumuʻu is often called the “Mother Hubbard” or loose-fitting dress. Don't confuse it with mumu which is a thud-like sound. The dress is a muʻumuʻu.