HWOTD

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.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 15th

Mar 15, 2019

Paleʻili is another word for what we used to call a palule-t (a T-shirt). Since so many of us wear t-shirts, it should come in handy.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 14th

Mar 14, 2019

Wili which means “to wind, twist, crank, screw,” is a word you often hear with regard to leis. And it is but one method of making leis.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 8th

Mar 8, 2019

Lehiwa means “admirable, attractive, to admire.” It's a beautiful word to know, to use, and to hear. Try it: kuʻu pua lehiwa – my lovely blossom.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 7th

Mar 7, 2019

Hoʻomākaʻikaʻi means to escort or take someone on a tour, like we often do for visiting friends.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 1st

Mar 1, 2019

Mānaleo means a native speaker. Mānaleo is a relatively new Hawaiian word for someone for whom the language was a first or inherited language.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 22nd

Feb 22, 2019

Here's a fun Hawaiian word of the Day, mū pākē. is how we say “checkers,” and pākē is the Hawaiian word for “Chinese.” So mū pākē is Chinese checkers.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 15th

Feb 15, 2019

Punahou is another beautiful Oʻahu place name that is often mispronounced. Punahou means “new spring.” When you say it don't drop that last vowel sound. Reshape your lips so you end up forming the last half of that “o-u” diphthong.

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 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 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 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 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 4th

Jan 4, 2019

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

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.

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