HWOTD

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 26th

Mar 26, 2020

Iwakālua, meaning twenty, is our Hawaiian word for today, and a good one to learn since it is a little different from all the other numbers in our counting.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 25th

Mar 25, 2020

Pulelehua is the Hawaiian word for butterfly. There are so many beautiful butterflies in Hawaiʻi, it's good to know what to call them.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 24th

Mar 24, 2020

Our Hawaiian word for today is something we all like to eat, often with kālua pig. Kāpiki means cabbage. The next time you order kālua pig and cabbage, call it kāpiki.    

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 23rd

Mar 23, 2020

For the caller who wanted to know what puana meant, as in the line so commonly used in the last verse of a song. In that case, puana means the attack or beginning of a song. Haʻina ʻia mai ana ka puana just means to start to tell the summary, refrain of the song.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 20th

Mar 20, 2020

If you listen to Hawaiian speakers, you often hear the word mea. Mea just means “thing,” and it can be used in so many different ways, usually with a modifier. A mea hula is a dancer, a mea nui is a large or important thing, and a mea oli is a chanter.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 19th

Mar 19, 2020

Our Hawaiian word for today is another common one, a word we can all use everyday. ʻŌmole is the Hawaiian word for jar, any kind of jar.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 18th

Mar 18, 2020

We all have them, and we all clean them, and we should know what to call them. Our Hawaiian word for today is niho, for tooth. Next time you're going to see your dentist, remember today's word: niho. See if the dentist knows how to say the word “tooth” in Hawaiian!

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 17th

Mar 17, 2020

Our Hawaiian word for today is a new one, pāmia. It means used, as in second hand. So a second hand car is a kaʻa pāmia.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 16th

Mar 16, 2020

Whether you use them as fences to keep cattle from strolling into your yard, or decoration in your home, pānini are a pretty popular plant in Hawaiʻi nei. Pānini is a cactus, from which we can also make liquor.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 13th

Mar 13, 2020

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: March 12th

Mar 12, 2020

Our Hawaiian word for today, hāpai, is one most people in Hawaiʻi already know and use, even in English conversation. It means to carry, and is most often used to describe a woman who is expecting a baby. It also means “to lift, raise, hoist, hold up, or support.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 11th

Mar 11, 2020

Wānana means “prediction or to predict, to foresee, foretell or to prophesy.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 10th

Mar 10, 2020

Our Hawaiian word for today is alaheʻe haole. Together alaheʻe haole is the Hawaiian name for mock orange, that handy bush so many of us use to make leis.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 9th

Mar 9, 2020

Leʻa means: joy, pleasure, happiness, merry, and many more wonderful feelings. Yes, it is the same leʻa we use in the name of the double hull sailing canoe Hōkūleʻa. Hōkūleʻa translates to mean “star of gladness.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 6th

Mar 6, 2020

Hoʻomana means religion. For example, Ka Hoʻomana o Iesu Kristo o nā Poʻe Hoʻāno o nā Lā Hope Nei is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 5th

Mar 5, 2020

Hapalua means “half,” a very handy word. Hapalua kālā would be half dollar, and hapalua kālani would be half gallon.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 4th

Mar 4, 2020

Helu kuhi means zip code. Remember to use a helu kuhi, or zip code, when addressing your envelopes!

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.

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