HWOTD

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 22nd

Feb 22, 2019

Here's a fun Hawaiian word of the Day, mū pākē. is how we say “checkers,” and pākē is the Hawaiian word for “Chinese.” So mū pākē is Chinese checkers.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 21st

Feb 21, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 15th

Feb 15, 2019

Punahou is another beautiful Oʻahu place name that is often mispronounced. Punahou means “new spring.” When you say it don't drop that last vowel sound. Reshape your lips so you end up forming the last half of that “o-u” diphthong.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 14th

Feb 14, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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 8th

Feb 8, 2019

Next time you order an ice cream cone, try asking for a kone ʻaikalima – that's how we say “ice cream cone” in Hawaiian. Sure, they are borrowed words, since Hawaiians of old didn't have any such thing as ice cream or cone.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 7th

Feb 7, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 1st

Feb 1, 2019

Our Hawaiian word for today is kāpena. It too is a borrowed word, and it means captain. Use it when you talk about the captain of your favorite team, or the police captain, or the ship's captain.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 31st

Jan 31, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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 25th

Jan 25, 2019

Our Hawaiian word for today is a new one: pipi kelemānia, for fresh corned beef. Pipi for beef, and kelemānia for German.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 24th

Jan 24, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 21st

Jan 21, 2019

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 18th

Jan 18, 2019

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.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 17th

Jan 17, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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.

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