You've heard us talk so often about vowels, you've probably wondered if there is a Hawaiian word for vowel. Yes, though it is a borrowed one, woela means vowel. The woela in Hawaiian are a, e, i, o, and u.
Koʻolau means windward. A very appropriate name for a mountain range that runs up the windward side of the island of Oʻahu. It can be used as an adjective too, to describe something that is on the windward side.
The kōlea, or Golden Plover, is an amazing migratory bird that arrives in Hawaiʻi about August. And stays here through the winter months, leaving in May for the Arctic. The kōlea are here right now, look for them!
Huakaʻi is Hawaiian for trip, voyage, journey, mission, procession, even a parade. It doesn't have to be a long voyage or flight. A trip to Maui is a huakaʻi, just as a trip to Japan is a huakaʻi. Next time you plan a trip, call it a huakaʻi.
Our Hawaiian word for today is lehulehu as in Lekiō o ko Hawaiʻilehulehu: Hawaiʻi Public Radio. Lehulehu means “multitude, crowd, great number, population, the public.” It can also mean “numerous, very many, innumerable.”
You may have notice during the recent holidays that Hawaiian turkeys don't gobble, they say “kolo kolo.” Yes, the sounds attributed to animals vary from language to language. Kolo kolo means gobble gobble.
Mua means first. And today is the first day of a new year. You might say it is the lā mua o kēia makahiki no. It may also mean: before, ahead, forward, in advance, future, front, former, foremost, primary, and many other things.
Hiapo means first born. It is used often in Hawaiian to describe the eldest child, the first born. Like many cultures, there is a special significance attached to being the first born, or hiapo, in a Hawaiian family.
Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is the passive form of hānau, meaning to give birth. We often hear it used incorrectly, and should say hānauʻia if we are talking about the person born, rather than the one giving birth.
Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is mana. Mana means “supernatural, or divine power, miraculous power, authority.” We often talk about people who have special mana, or powers. A leo mana is a voice of authority that is obeyed.
Our Hawaiian word for today is a well-known place name on Kauaʻi, Poʻipū. It is often mispronounced because people see the first three letters as a group and pronounce it as they would poi. It means crashing, as in wave action.