HWOTD

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 13th

Jul 13, 2018

ʻĀkau means "north" when used as a direction. But is more commonly used to mean "right," as opposed to left.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 6th

Jul 6, 2018

Hapa is most often used in English conversation to describe something that is mixed or part of something. And although, it comes from the English word “half,” it means portion or part. We hear hapa used in hapa Hawaiʻi for part Hawaiian, or hapa haole for part foreign.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 23rd

Feb 23, 2018

If you've ever walked the beach looking for a glass ball, you'll enjoy today's word of the day: pōpō aniani which means glass ball.  Pōpō means “ball,” and aniani means “glass.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 16th

Feb 16, 2018

Our Hawaiian word for today is koʻo for “support.” Koʻo has many meanings and many uses, but most commonly is used to describe a brace or a prop, a helper, something used to help support something else – even a cane become a koʻo koʻo.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 9th

Feb 9, 2018

Wela means hot. You'll hear both wela (well-a) or wela (vel-a) as correct pronunciations, depending on the sound it follows. Wela means hot, burned, heat, temperature, but can also mean “lust” or “passion” or “feeling lust.” Wela wela is “doubly hot.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 2nd

Feb 2, 2018

On the mainland, folks believe that if the groundhog comes out on February 2 and sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. Our Hawaiian word for today is aka, for shadow. You'll see more shadows than groundhogs in Hawaiʻi!

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 26th

Jan 26, 2018

Our Hawaiian word for today is a borrowed one, and a relatively new one. Hōkē comes from the English word “hockey.” Well, it's become such a popular sport, we needed to call it something.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 19th

Jan 19, 2018

Pōhaku means “stone.” Don't confuse the pōhaku with the little pebbles we call ʻili ʻili -  it must be larger than an ʻili ʻili to be a pōhaku.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 12th

Jan 12, 2018

Huakaʻi is Hawaiian for trip, voyage, journey, mission, procession, even a parade. It doesn't have to be a long voyage or flight. A trip to Maui is a huakaʻi, just as a trip to Japan is a huakaʻi. Next time you plan a trip, call it a huakaʻi.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 5th

Jan 5, 2018

Mea hana keaka means actor or actress, such as your favorite of staged or screen. Who is your favorite mea hana keaka?

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 29th

Dec 29, 2017

Akahele means “slow or moderate, cautious, prudent.” So when someone tells you “e akahele ʻoe” it means “be careful.” Be careful when you are driving this holiday. 

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 22nd

Dec 22, 2017

Hiapo means first born. It is used often in Hawaiian to describe the eldest child, the first born. Like many cultures, there is a special significance attached to being the first born, or hiapo, in a Hawaiian family.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 15th

Dec 15, 2017

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is mana. Mana means “supernatural, or divine power, miraculous power, authority.” We often talk about people who have special mana, or powers. A leo mana is a voice of authority that is obeyed.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 8th

Dec 8, 2017

Almost everyone knows that a doorway is a puka. But how do you say door? Try pani puka. Pani puka is the thing that closes, blocks, or covers an opening. Puka is the doorway, ke pani puka is the door itself.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 1st

Dec 1, 2017

Our Hawaiian word for today is kēhau for “dew.” Kēhau is often seen on the grass in the higher elevations, and the word kēhau comes up often in Hawaiian songs and chants. Kēhau is also a popular given name.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 24th

Nov 24, 2017

Our Hawaiian word for today is a famous Kauaʻi place name, Waiʻaleʻale. It means “rippling, or overflowing water.” Waiʻaleʻale is the highest mountain on Kauaʻi, and boasts an annual rainfall of more than 475 inches a year.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 17th

Nov 17, 2017

Hemolele most often heard in conjunction with things religious, means “perfect, faultless, flawless, holy, immaculate, saintly.” As in ka ʻUhane Hemolele, the Holy Spirit.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 10th

Nov 10, 2017

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: November 3rd

Nov 3, 2017

While you most often hear Palani as the Hawaiian transliteration of the name Frank or Frances. It also means France or French. We don't have a lot of Palani in Hawaiʻi, but there are many in Tahiti.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 27th

Oct 27, 2017

Kiʻi means “picture, a photo, a doll, statue, any image.” It also means “to fetch something” and both are common usage. Such as E kiʻi ʻoe ke kiʻi – fetch the picture.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 20th

Oct 20, 2017

As most of you know, hapa means “half,” and nui means “larger.” So hapanui, the “larger half,” means majority. Non-Hawaiians account for more than half of the people of Hawaiʻi, so they are the hapanui.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 13th

Oct 13, 2017

If you listen to the weather forecasts, you will often hear the name ʻAlenuihāhā, our Hawaiian word for today. It is the name of the channel between Hawaiʻi and Maui, and is often mispronounced. It means “great billows smashing.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 6th

Oct 6, 2017

One of the Hawaiian words first learned by most non-Hawaiians is wahine for “woman.” Kāne for “man” and wahine for “woman” are often painted on restroom doors. It also means “lady, wife, female, queen in a deck of cards” and even femininity.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 29th

Sep 29, 2017

Our Hawaiian word for today is ʻAuina lā. ʻAuina means “descending” and means “sun.” So the afternoon when the sun is setting is called the ʻauina lā. Aloha ʻauina lā is a good afternoon greeting.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 22nd

Sep 22, 2017

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is waiū, for “milk.” Literally, it means “breast liquid” and can also be used to mean “breast.” Waiū that's “milk” in Hawaiian.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 15th

Sep 15, 2017

We used to see so many signs that read “kapu” that people joked about Kapu being a Hawaiian who owned all that land. Actually, kapu, means taboo, prohibition, or even sacredness, or forbidden. And yes, on those signs it has come to mean “keep out.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 8th

Sep 8, 2017

Kulanui literally means “big school.” Kulanui once meant “high school,” but today a kulanui is a university or college. The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is ke kulanui o Hawaiʻi ma Mānoa.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 1st

Sep 1, 2017

Our Hawaiian word for today is another borrowed word, kepakemapa. And yes, it’s the Hawaiian word for “September.” Like other names of the months, it was borrowed from English.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 25th

Aug 25, 2017

Our Hawaiian Word for today is kau wela. Kau means “season,” and wela is “hot.” Yes, summer is the hot season, even in our beautiful Hawaiʻi nei.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 18th

Aug 18, 2017

Nahu means to bite. And it can be the bite of anything – from an insect that bites, to the bite of a dog, or even the bite you take out of a piece of cake.

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