HWOTD

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 3rd

Mar 3, 2020

Meʻe is a hero, heroine, or an important person. For many of our youngsters, their meʻe is Superman, for others it might be you. Do you have a favorite meʻe? A meʻe punahele? (A favorite person?)

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 2nd

Mar 2, 2020

Neʻe means to move along little by little, as many of us do everyday in heavy traffic. It can also be used to tell someone that you have moved from one place to another – ua neʻe ō – I have moved.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 28th

Feb 28, 2020

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

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 27th

Feb 27, 2020

We all fill out forms, and you should know that those blanks you must fill in are hakahaka. Hakahaka just means “vacant space,” like those blanks on a form.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 26th

Feb 26, 2020

ʻAle is a wave out at sea, not to be confused with nalu, a wave or surf nearing land. A better English equivalent might be a billow.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 25th

Feb 25, 2020

Our Hawaiian word for today is kaʻa mio. Kaʻa is a “car,” and by adding mio that makes it a sports car. Mio means to move swiftly. You might not own a kaʻa mio, but we all see them driving by. And now you know what to call them in Hawaiian.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 24th

Feb 24, 2020

Pāʻia means noisy. It is best known as a small town in East Maui, and because it is so often misspelled, it is mispronounced.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 21st

Feb 21, 2020

Wakinekona is a Hawaiian-ization, if you will, of Washington. It is how we say the name of the state, the nation's capital, and the first president of the United States. Even the Honolulu home of our last queen. Wakinekona, a borrowed word for Washington.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 20th

Feb 20, 2020

Did you ever sit on a stool without a back and wonder what to call it in Hawaiian? Well, you might say noho kū.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 19th

Feb 19, 2020

Our Hawaiian word for today is leo ʻekolu, literally third voice, it is how we say tenor in Hawaiian. Leo means voice, and ʻekolu means three. Not counting falsetto, leo ʻekolu is the highest of the male voices.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 18th

Feb 18, 2020

Although many people use kaona to mean town, you may also say kūlana kauhale for town or city.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 17th

Feb 17, 2020

Our Hawaiian word for today is wai honua for ground water. Wai, is for water, and honua for ground or earth. There are many different kinds of water, all beginning with the word wai. Try to think of a few others.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 14th

Feb 14, 2020

Another of our beautiful place names so often mispronounced is Kuapā. Kuapā is the old name for Maunalua Fish Pond where the Hawaiʻi Kai Marina is now located. Kuapā was partly filled in when Hawaiʻi Kai was built.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 13th

Feb 13, 2020

Not to be confused with kamaliʻi, which means children, kamāliʻi means royal child. Kamāliʻi has a macron or kahakō over the second letter “a” – that's the difference between the two words. So a kamāliʻi kane is a prince.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 12th

Feb 12, 2020

Kūhiō, the beautiful name given to a major avenue in Waikīkī, a beach, our federal building, and so many other place in Hawaiʻi is so often mispronounced, that we chose it for our Hawaiian Word of the Day.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 11th

Feb 11, 2020

Puʻuwai means heart. And since it is that time of the year when we all celebrate Valentine's Day with hearts and flowers, you'll find a use for this handy word.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 10th

Feb 10, 2020

Pea kiʻi is one way to say teddy bear. And lots of folks are probably shopping for those cuddly little toys as Valentine's Day approaches.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 7th

Feb 7, 2020

Our Hawaiian word for today is something relatively new to Hawaiʻi. Nuʻuoʻa means high rise, and it wasn't too many years ago that there were no high rises in Hawaiʻi. That's still true on some islands, but there are plenty of them on Oʻahu.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 6th

Feb 6, 2020

ʻOhana ʻālani, or orange family, is how we say citrus in Hawaiian. ʻOhana of course is family. And ʻālani for orange.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 5th

Feb 5, 2020

Ulia kaʻa is an auto accident, and we hope you never have one. But if you do, you'll know what to call it, ulia kaʻa.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 4th

Feb 4, 2020

ʻAhamele means concert. ʻAha is a gathering, and mele is music. So ʻahamele is a concert.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 3rd

Feb 3, 2020

Kaila hou is how we say modern in Hawaiian. Literally it means new style. Kaila means style and hou for new.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 31st

Jan 31, 2020

Kanu means to bury or to plant something, almost anything. If you dig a hole and put something into it, that is what you are doing.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 30th

Jan 30, 2020

Often times at vigils and some rallies, you see people carrying lighted candles. Well, our Hawaiian word for today is ihoiho, for candle.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 29th

Jan 29, 2020

Since the legislature is in session, ʻaha ʻōlelo seems to be a good Hawaiian word for today. Whether you like what they do or not, call that body an ʻaha ʻōlelo.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 28th

Jan 28, 2020

We all know that waiwai is rich and riches, and we hear it so often. But how do we say poor in Hawaiian? ʻIlihune and that's our Hawaiian word for today. And it means just that, poor, impoverished.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 27th

Jan 27, 2020

ʻOmawawe is how we say microwave oven in Hawaiian. You know that is a new word in our language, but a useful one.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 24th

Jan 24, 2020

Our Hawaiian word for today is kinipōpō pōhīnaʻi. Kinipōpō means ball, and pōhīnaʻi means the sport of basketball. So the ball used in basketball is a kinipōpō pōhīnaʻi.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 23rd

Jan 23, 2020

Keakapahu is how we say Jack in the box in Hawaiian. Keaka is a Hawaiian way of saying Jack, and pahu is box.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 22nd

Jan 22, 2020

Our Hawaiian word for today is lei ʻāʻī.  It can mean neck lei, but it can also mean a necktie. Some businessmen and lawyers wear lei ʻāʻī to work in Hawaiʻi.

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