HWOTD

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 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 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 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: May 31st

May 31, 2019

Awakea means “noon or mid-day.” We often hear awakea used with aloha for a greeting at that time of the day. Aloha awakea.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 30th

May 30, 2019

Our Hawaiian word for today is kahuna, a word that is so often misused. Kahuna means: priest, sorcerer, magician, wizard, minister, expert in any profession whether male or female. In the year 1845, lawyers, doctors, surgeons, and dentists were all called kahuna.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 24th

May 24, 2019

Whether you are talking about the place on Maui or a shawl that is draped over your shoulders, it is pronounced Kīhei with a stress on the first vowel. It means a shawl or cape, and is a well-known destination on the Valley Isle.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 23rd

May 23, 2019

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is a place name, Hālawa. It is a well known place on Hawaiʻi, Molokaʻi and on Oʻahu.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 17th

May 17, 2019

Mokuʻāina means state, as in the United States.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 16th

May 16, 2019

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is mokupuni. It means island, from the word moku which means “cut or severed,” and puni which means “surrounded.” So it's a piece of land cut off and surrounded by water. It is commonly used even in English conversation.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 10th

May 10, 2019

Nui means big, greatest, grand, important, as in aliʻi nui. Hale nui would be a big house, and mea nui would be an important thing. Used as an adjective, it follows the noun. It can also mean “many or a group.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 9th

May 9, 2019

Most of us are familiar with many Hawaiian terms for family members, but don't often use hoahānau, a good Hawaiian word for those born of the same generation. It combines hoa for “companion, friend, partner, or mate,” with hānau for “birth.” Hoahānau can be used for cousin, and comes in pretty handy in Hawaiʻi where we have large families – a nui na hoahānau.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 3rd

May 3, 2019

We often hear haole, meaning white person, in a negative connotation, but it is a perfectly good word, and used often in Hawaiian and English conversation. It means foreign, introduced, of foreign origin, or foreign introduction, as plants, pigs, chickens, yes, even people. So in Hawaiian, anyone or anything that is not native to Hawaiʻi is haole, such as koa haole for the foreign scrub brush koa, or ʻāina haole for a foreign land.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 2nd

May 2, 2019

Kōkua is one of the Hawaiian words most frequently used in English conversation, but it's often mispronounced. Write it down and put a kahakō or stress mark over the first vowel, then say it aloud. It means help, aid, assistance, relief, assistant, helper, and more.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: April 26th

Apr 26, 2019

Māʻili is another one of those commonly used Hawaiian place names that is so often mispronounced, frequently confused with the name of the fragrant vine used as a lei. Today's Hawaiian Word of the Day is Māʻili, name of the community on the Leeward Oʻahu coast . Māʻili is the name of a beach park, surfing area, playground, school, and more.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: April 25th

Apr 25, 2019

Although mahina has several other meanings, the most common usage of the word is for moon, or month, or moonlight. It is also a crescent shaped fishhook, the eye of the snail at the end of its horn, a farm, plantation or patch, a variety of onion, and a variety of sweet potato. You hear it most often as moon or month – it's mahina.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: April 19th

Apr 19, 2019

Hoʻonanea means to relax, kick back, mellow out. It's also the name of a beautiful song and hula. E hoʻonanea kākou – let's all kick back.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: April 18th

Apr 18, 2019

You've all heard the word ipo for sweetheart or lover. Here's another one! Try huapala. Huapala literally means “ripe fruit.” It's another way to say “sweetheart” in Hawaiian.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: April 12th

Apr 12, 2019

Our Hawaiian word for today is nahele, for forest. Now you know the common Hawaiian family name, Kanahele, can mean the forest.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: April 11th

Apr 11, 2019

Peʻe means to hide. Not to be confused with hiding something. Peʻe means to hide oneself, as when we play hide and seek. E peʻe ana au – I'm hiding!

Hawaiian Word of the Day: April 5th

Apr 5, 2019

Ikaika means strong, powerful, sturdy, and more. It is a very popular name now days, especially for boys whose parents want them to grow up ikaika. Be careful how you pronounce it, and don't insert an ʻokina that doesn't belong.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: April 4th

Apr 4, 2019

Most of us have seen the Hawaiian word ʻōpala, and know it to mean rubbish or garbage, so by adding the causative prefix hoʻo, we can make it mean “to litter.” The new word is hoʻōpala.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 29th

Mar 29, 2019

Poeko means “fluent.” There are not many people who are truly poeko in the Hawaiian language, but the number is increasing. You don't have to be Hawaiian to be poeko in Hawaiian and you don't have to be a native speaker. Many who are poeko have learned Hawaiian as a second language.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 28th

Mar 28, 2019

Our Hawaiian word for today is lawa, enough. You might hear it from a hula dancer who wants to end the song right then and there, and who tells the singer, “Lawa, enough already.” Or “aʻohe lawa ka Manawa” – “there is not enough time.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 22nd

Mar 22, 2019

Peʻa means a cross, or to cross. That's just one meaning, and there are many. But think of it when you make an “x” on the paper in a game of tic-tac-toe – that's a peʻa.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 21st

Mar 21, 2019

Our Hawaiian word for today is kāpae, meaning to throw out, discard. Before you kāpae your old clothing, think about others who might be able to use them. Perhaps you could give them to someone, or to the Salvation Army or Goodwill industries.

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