Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 16th

Jul 16, 2019

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, 2019

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.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 12th

Jul 12, 2019

Kalaupapa a beautiful place on Molokaʻi that is often in the news. It means “the flat plain” and is another one of those often mispronounced Hawaiian place names.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 11th

Jul 11, 2019

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: July 10th

Jul 10, 2019

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, 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: July 8th

Jul 8, 2019

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 5th

Jul 5, 2019

Manō means shark. Every so often a manō is in the news in Hawaiʻi. The manō is also an ʻaumakua, or family god to some Hawaiians.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 4th

Jul 4, 2019

Today is the day that the United States celebrates its independence. So our Hawaiian word for today is ea. Ea means "independence, sovereignty, rule, life, air, breath."

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 3rd

Jul 3, 2019

Manaʻo means "to think, thought, idea, belief, meaning, opinion, suggestion." We often talk about our manaʻo, and we often share our manaʻo with our friends.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 2nd

Jul 2, 2019

Another beautiful Hawaiian name that is so often mispronounced is Kalanianaʻole and it means “the chief without measure.” It is a name given to so many prominent landmarks and the one that seems to give a lot of trouble to people in the broadcast media.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 1st

Jul 1, 2019

Iulai is the Hawaiian name for the month of July, the seventh month of the modern calendar. Yes, Iulai is a borrowed word from English. In fact, all of the names of the months of the calendar we now use are borrowed. Since the Hawaiian calendar of months did not coincide with that of the Europeans.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 28th

Jun 28, 2019

Puke is from the English word for "book." You can modify the word to describe it in greater detail; for example, a puke vehe vehe ōlelo is a dictionary – a book to explain words.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 27th

Jun 27, 2019

Pūpū is the name for marine and land shells, such as pūpū o Niʻihau: Niʻihau shells. It is also the Hawaiian word for appetizers, and that is how we most often hear it used.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 26th

Jun 26, 2019

Hōkū means "star," and is often used in names such as Hōkūlea, the star of gladness, or Na Hōkū, the local recording industry awards program. Be sure to include the stresses, for it takes on a different meaning if you do not.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 25th

Jun 25, 2019

Although kōlea has many meanings, the most common perhaps is as the Hawaiian name of the Pacific Golden Plover - a bird that arrives in Hawaii in August or September, and returns to the Arctic in April or May.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 24th

Jun 24, 2019

We hear the word tūtū used so often, but many of us not know that kūkū is another perhaps more traditional pronunciation for today's Hawaiian word. It means "granny, grandma, grandpa," or any relative or close friend of your grandparents' generation. You can say kūkū kane for grandfather, or kūkū wahine for grandmother, but kūkū by itself will always suffice.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 21st

Jun 21, 2019

Hoʻopau means to "put an end to, finish, conclude, completely, all." To finish your work is to hoʻopau i kau hana. Hoʻopau also means "to waste," as in hoʻopau manawa – to waste time.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 20th

Jun 20, 2019

Kula has a number of meanings including: "plain, field, or open pasture." It also means "a source" and it is Hawaiian for the English word "gold." But perhaps the best known usage in English is to mean "school." Say it with a modifier, such as kula kiʻe kiʻe, a high school.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 19th

Jun 19, 2019

Today’s Hawaiian word of the day is one of the most commonly used of Hawaiian words, Lani. It means "sky, heaven, or heavenly," and can also mean "spiritual." Lani is part of many proper names, such as Leilani for “heavenly lei.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 18th

Jun 18, 2019

Many of our visitors to Hawaiʻi come from Japan, and we call them kepanī. It is, as you may have guessed, a transliteration of the English word Japanese.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 17th

Jun 17, 2019


Akamai, for smart, is one of the first Hawaiian words many people learn. It also means "clever, expert, skillful." If you see someone doing something very clever, it's okay to say Akamai ʻoe or you're very smart.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 14th

Jun 14, 2019

Hiamoe means sleep. Don’t confuse it with the Hawaiʻi creole English word, moe moe, which is used to mean "sleep" in that pidgin language. Moe moe in Hawaiian means "to lie in ambush or to lurk."

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 13th

Jun 13, 2019

Kīkākila comes from two English words. Kīkā comes from the English word "guitar." Kila is from the English word "steel." Put them together and you get the Hawaiian word for steel guitar.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 12th

Jun 12, 2019

Papaheʻenalu. Well Papa can mean a "board or almost any kind of flat surface." Adding heʻenalu to it makes it a surfboard. Heʻe means "to slide or surf," and nalu means "wave." Put it all together and you get a surfboard.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 11th

Jun 11, 2019

Kūkulu means to build or construct, or erect as a house. You can also use kūkulu to mean set up, such as a tent, or to found, such as a society.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 10th

Jun 10, 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.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 7th

Jun 7, 2019

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

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 6th

Jun 6, 2019

Another popular Hawaiian place name that is often mispronounced is Nānākuli. It has stresses on both the first and second syllables. It is that beautiful place on leeward Oʻahu and it means “look” (Nānā) “at me” (kuli).

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 5th

Jun 5, 2019

Todayʻs word of the day is a well-known name, Liliʻuokalani. She was our last queen, overthrown in January 1893. Many mispronounce because of familiarity of the English name Lily.