HWOTD

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 4th

Jan 4, 2019

Poʻomanaʻo is the headline – the thought heading, as above a story in a newspaper.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 28th

Dec 28, 2018

If you are like most families, you are still eating leftover turkey from the holidays. In Hawaiian, we call that popular bird pelehū.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 21st

Dec 21, 2018

Our Hawaiian Word for today is wilipā, for "disc jockey." It is sort of like spinning a platter.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 14th

Dec 14, 2018

Kula kamaliʻi is how we say pre-school in Hawaiian. Kula means “school,” and kamaliʻi means “children.” Although it literally means small child, kamaliʻi is a word used only in plural form. Remember, in Hawaiian the modifier follows the noun.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 7th

Dec 7, 2018

ʻŌlelo means “language, speech, statement, utterance, term, tidings, or to speak, tell, say, talk.” The Hawaiian language is the ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 23rd

Feb 23, 2018

If you've ever walked the beach looking for a glass ball, you'll enjoy today's word of the day: pōpō aniani which means glass ball.  Pōpō means “ball,” and aniani means “glass.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 16th

Feb 16, 2018

Our Hawaiian word for today is koʻo for “support.” Koʻo has many meanings and many uses, but most commonly is used to describe a brace or a prop, a helper, something used to help support something else – even a cane become a koʻo koʻo.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 9th

Feb 9, 2018

Wela means hot. You'll hear both wela (well-a) or wela (vel-a) as correct pronunciations, depending on the sound it follows. Wela means hot, burned, heat, temperature, but can also mean “lust” or “passion” or “feeling lust.” Wela wela is “doubly hot.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 2nd

Feb 2, 2018

On the mainland, folks believe that if the groundhog comes out on February 2 and sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. Our Hawaiian word for today is aka, for shadow. You'll see more shadows than groundhogs in Hawaiʻi!

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 26th

Jan 26, 2018

Our Hawaiian word for today is a borrowed one, and a relatively new one. Hōkē comes from the English word “hockey.” Well, it's become such a popular sport, we needed to call it something.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 19th

Jan 19, 2018

Pōhaku means “stone.” Don't confuse the pōhaku with the little pebbles we call ʻili ʻili -  it must be larger than an ʻili ʻili to be a pōhaku.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 12th

Jan 12, 2018

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.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 5th

Jan 5, 2018

Mea hana keaka means actor or actress, such as your favorite of staged or screen. Who is your favorite mea hana keaka?

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 29th

Dec 29, 2017

Akahele means “slow or moderate, cautious, prudent.” So when someone tells you “e akahele ʻoe” it means “be careful.” Be careful when you are driving this holiday. 

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 22nd

Dec 22, 2017

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.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 15th

Dec 15, 2017

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.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 8th

Dec 8, 2017

Almost everyone knows that a doorway is a puka. But how do you say door? Try pani puka. Pani puka is the thing that closes, blocks, or covers an opening. Puka is the doorway, ke pani puka is the door itself.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: Febraury 28th

Feb 28, 2017

Most people know the ipu is a musical instrument made out of a gourd. But ipu is a general word for any type of container such as a dish, mug, calabash, pot, cup, bowl, basin, or even a utensil. Ipu is a very handy word to know.

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