HWOTD

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 21st

Jan 21, 2020

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.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 20th

Jan 20, 2020

Heʻe is the Hawaiian word for octopus. You've probably heard heʻe in names such as Waiheʻe, a former governor of Hawaiʻi, or in words like wahaheʻe, meaning to lie, literally, slippery mouth.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 17th

Jan 17, 2020

We all use postage, so today's Hawaiian word should come in handy. Uku leka is how we say postage in Hawaiian. Uku is payment, and leka is letter, so what you pay to send that letter is uku leka.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 16th

Jan 16, 2020

Many Hawaiian words make so much sense that you can put them together yourself to make other words. Hale means house, and lio means horse. So how would you say stable? Hale lio. A stable.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 15th

Jan 15, 2020

Manuahi means free, as in no charge. Not many things are really free, but some of the best things in life are manuahi. Hawaiʻi Public Radio offers this Hawaiian Word of the Day program manuahi.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 14th

Jan 14, 2020

Mea kanu means plant, like that potted one you have in your office or living room. It is a planted thing, a mea kanu. Don't confuse it with that big tree outside, that's a kumu lāʻau.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 13th

Jan 13, 2020

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!

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 10th

Jan 10, 2020

For many years one of the most important products of Hawaiʻi was the hala kahiki, or pineapple. Come to think of it, the fruit which was introduced to Hawaiʻi from a foreign place does resemble the fruit of the hala, or Pandanus tree.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 9th

Jan 9, 2020

Another of those beautiful Oʻahu Hawaiian place names so often mispronounced is Mōʻiliʻili, a residential area near Mānoa. It means pebble lizard.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 8th

Jan 8, 2020

Our Hawaiian word of the day is poelele, a word that ancient Hawaiians had no need for. Poelele means satellite, it's a flying round object.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 7th

Jan 7, 2020

Our Hawaiian word of the Day is inoa kapakapa. Inoa means name. Together inoa kapakapa means nickname, pen name, or a fictitious name, an alias, or assumed name. Mark Twain was an inoa kapakapa.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 6th

Jan 6, 2020

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.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 3rd

Jan 3, 2020

Pani hakahaka means to substitute. We often have to call on someone to take our place, whether it is a substitute teacher, ke kumu pani hakahaka, or a substitute for some other job.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 2nd

Jan 2, 2020

Kau anu, our Hawaiian word for today, is another way to say winter. Literally, kau anu means the cold season, and that is what we are enjoying right now.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 1st

Jan 1, 2020

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.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 31st

Dec 31, 2019

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.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 30th

Dec 30, 2019

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: December 27th

Dec 27, 2019

With so many people driving during the holidays, we hope you donʻt have an ulia kaʻa, or auto accident. Drive carefully so you don't have one.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 26th

Dec 26, 2019

Hoʻokūkū moho is how we say playoff in Hawaiian. After the regular season, there is often a hoʻokūkū moho to select a winner.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 25th

Dec 25, 2019

Today is Christmas Day, and the Hawaiian word for today is lā kalikimaka. Lā means day. Kalikimaka, of course, is a borrowed word, and that is how we say Christmas.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 24th

Dec 24, 2019

Hereʻs a Hawaiian Word of the Day that is clearly borrowed, and certain to be popular with the youngsters. Pai pika means pizza. Think of the fun you can have adding modifiers to that Hawaiian word!

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 23rd

Dec 23, 2019

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is one for the sports fans, hoʻomaha hapalua is how we say halftime. Whether you are a football fan or a basketball fan, remember hoʻomaha hapalua is halftime.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 20th

Dec 20, 2019

Hāmama means open, like a door or a window is open. It should not be confused with the act of opening.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 19th

Dec 19, 2019

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is mea holoi, an eraser. If you've ever made a mistake and needed to erase it, you know how handy a mea holoi can be. It's a mea holoi, whether it's on the end of a pencil or in your hand at the blackboard.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 18th

Dec 18, 2019

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 hānau ʻia if we are talking about the person born, rather than the one giving birth.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 17th

Dec 17, 2019

Our Hawaiian word for today is awāwa meaning valley. Many place names are names of valleys, such as: ke awāwa o Mānoa on Oʻahu, ke awāwa o Waipio on Hawaiʻi and ke awāwa o Halawa on Molokaʻi.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 16th

Dec 16, 2019

Mōʻī means king, sovereign, monarch. And mōʻī followed by the word wahine means queen. The word mōʻī is of recent origin, and may be used by itself to mean a monarch of either gender.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 13th

Dec 13, 2019

Postcards have been around a long time, but this Hawaiian word for the postcard is quite new. It is kāleka poʻoleka.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 12th

Dec 12, 2019

Need a very generic Hawaiian word for a tool or apparatus that you might call a do-hickey in English? Try hāmea, a new Hawaiian word, and a great new word for that little thing you use, but can't remember what to call it.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 11th

Dec 11, 2019

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.

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