HWOTD

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.

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.

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