HWOTD

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 11th

Jan 11, 2019

Our Hawaiian word for today is lehulehu as in Lekiō o ko Hawaiʻi lehulehu: Hawaiʻi Public Radio. Lehulehu means “multitude, crowd, great number, population, the public.” It can also mean “numerous, very many, innumerable.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 10th

Jan 10, 2019

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, 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: January 8th

Jan 8, 2019

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, 2019

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 4th

Jan 4, 2019

Poʻomanaʻo is the headline – the thought heading, as above a story in a newspaper.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 3rd

Jan 3, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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 28th

Dec 28, 2018

If you are like most families, you are still eating leftover turkey from the holidays. In Hawaiian, we call that popular bird pelehū.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 21st

Dec 21, 2018

Our Hawaiian Word for today is wilipā, for "disc jockey." It is sort of like spinning a platter.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 14th

Dec 14, 2018

Kula kamaliʻi is how we say pre-school in Hawaiian. Kula means “school,” and kamaliʻi means “children.” Although it literally means small child, kamaliʻi is a word used only in plural form. Remember, in Hawaiian the modifier follows the noun.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 7th

Dec 7, 2018

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

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 30th

Nov 30, 2018

Ānuenue means “rainbow.” It is a name given to the Kula Kaiapuni in Pālolo, the first DOE school devoted entirely to the immersion teaching of children in the Hawaiian language.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 23rd

Nov 23, 2018

Often we hear Hawaiians speak of their ʻaumakua, their family or personal god – deified ancestors who might assume the shape of sharks, owls, hawks, mud hens, octopuses, eels, mice, rats, even clouds or plants.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 16th

Nov 16, 2018

Pūʻolo meaning a bundle, bag, container, or a parcel is a Hawaiian word often used in English conversation. When you go home from the store, don't forget your pūʻolo!

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 9th

Nov 9, 2018

We didn't have a Hawaiian word for yogurt, so we borrowed one from our cousins – the Maori people of New Zealand. That new Hawaiian word is waiūtepe.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 2nd

Nov 2, 2018

Heluhelu means “to read.” Helu, by itself, is to count, but re-duplicating it gives us a new word: to read. All of us can heluhelu and we do it everyday reading books, newspapers, magazines, signs, and more.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 26th

Oct 26, 2018

Luʻu means “to dive,” and it is popular thing to do in Hawaiʻi. Whether you are a student playing the card game called “Fish” or a diver out looking for a fish. Kahaluʻu then means “diving place.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 19th

Oct 19, 2018

Another popular place name that is often mispronounced is Maʻalaea, a bay, village, and small boat harbor on Maui. It is probably a contraction from maka ʻalaea which relates to the yellow, or red color of the Earth's beginning.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 12th

Oct 12, 2018

Wai means “water.” Wai is a very important thing to Hawaiians, and for that reason is included in many names – both place names, such as Waimānalo, Waikīkī, and Waiehu. And in many family and given names. Wai can be used for any type of liquid except sea water.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 5th

Oct 5, 2018

Pehea ʻoe – How are you? Pehea means “how” and ʻoe means “you.” We often hear this greeting even from those who do not speak Hawaiian. Pehea ʻoe? – How are you? Maikaʻi nō – Fine.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 28th

Sep 28, 2018

Piʻi mele, two words that used together mean “musical scale.” Just as we sometimes call the scale do-re-mi in English, in Hawaiian we sometimes call the piʻi mele by the first three notes: pā-kō-lī.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 21st

Sep 21, 2018

Ahiahi, the Hawaiian word for “evening,” is one that calls for a glide in your pronunciation. Ahiahi is that beautiful time of  day, the late afternoon.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 14th

Sep 14, 2018

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is the name of our state, Hawaiʻi. It is pronounced either as “Hawaiʻi” or “Havaiʻi.” Yes, either is okay. Language experts say you can pronounce it with a “w” or a “v” if that sound follows an “a.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 7th

Sep 7, 2018

Alakaʻi means “to lead, guide, direct, a leader, a guide, or a conductor.” We usually hear it in relationship to hula, as those dancers who assist a kumu hula in leading and teaching hula dancers.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 31st

Aug 31, 2018

Kahaluʻu, the proper name for a beautiful Windward Oʻahu location. It means diving place. Kaha is “place” and luʻu is “diving.” Be sure to sound the glottal stop, or ʻokina.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 24th

Aug 24, 2018

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: August 17th

Aug 17, 2018

We often hear kakahiaka as part of aloha kakahiaka, a greeting early in the day. And most know it means morning. The popular greeting came in to use only after the arrival of the poʻe haole, as a translation for “good morning.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 10th

Aug 10, 2018

Even people who do not speak Hawaiian often use the word huhū. Huhū means angry, offended, indignant, mad, or scolding.

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