HWOTD

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 3rd

Aug 3, 2018

Ala, meaning path or way, is used in so many of our street names, that is pretty well known, and most people know that it is a redundancy to say “Ala Wai Boulevard” or “Ala Moana Boulevard.” Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is alanui, the natural extension of ala. It means a big path, or a big way, a highway or a freeway.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 27th

Jul 27, 2018

Inoa means name. Koʻo inoa means “my name,” kō inoa means “your name.” So the next time you hear someone ask, “O wai kō inoa?” Just tell them what your name is.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 20th

Jul 20, 2018

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is another frequently mispronounced Hawaiian place name: Keʻeaumoku. That well-driven street was probably named for a governor of Maui who bore the same name as his father, and ally, and father-in-law of Kamehameha the First.

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: June 29th

Jun 29, 2018

Nūpepa is another Hawaiian word that comes from the English word newspaper. Did you know that there have been more than fifty Hawaiian language newspapers published in the Islands? Think about that the next time you read your morning nūpepa.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 22nd

Jun 22, 2018

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: June 15th

Jun 15, 2018

Mākaukau means "able, competent, prepared." You often hear this word called out by chanters who are asking the hula dancers if they are ready. The answer is always ʻae, for yes.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 8th

Jun 8, 2018

Hungry? In Hawaiian we say pōloli. It means hungry, hunger, famine.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 1st

Jun 1, 2018

Mākaʻi means policeman, also means to police or inspect. Since all of our policemen speak English, you won’t need to ask for one in Hawaiian. But it will impress many of them if you can call them a mākaʻi.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 25th

May 25, 2018

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is actually two words, hale kūʻai. It means a store or a shop, a place that sells things you might buy.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 18th

May 18, 2018

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: May 11th

May 11, 2018

Our Hawaiian word for today is liʻiliʻi. Be sure to include the diacritical pronunciation mark, the backwards apostrophe called the ʻokina. It means small, little, in bits, or few. If you spell it right with the diacritical pronunciation marks, it is easier to pronounce.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 4th

May 4, 2018

Poke means to slice, cut crosswise into pieces. That's why the delicious dish we all love is called poke. There's poke aku, poke heʻe, and a whole variety of poke dishes. Don't put any stress on the vowels, as that will change the meaning, and don't confuse poke, meaning to cut into pieces, with poki, which among other things  is the name of a supernatural dog.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: April 27th

Apr 27, 2018

Almost everyone knows that hula means, but did you know that hulahula means ballroom dancing with partners? Hulahula also means American dancing, ball, or even masked hula dancing. Don't confuse it with hula for the Hawaiian dance. Hulahula also has other meanings, such as the twitching of an eyelid, or the ceremonial killing of a pig and offering it to the gods during ceremonies dedicating a temple.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: April 20th

Apr 20, 2018

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.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: April 13th

Apr 13, 2018

Our Hawaiian word for today is puni meaning surrounded, controlled, overcome. Now that you know how to use the hoʻo prefix, you know that hoʻopuni can mean to surround, enclose, get control of: hoʻopuni.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: April 6th

Apr 6, 2018

Our Hawaiian word for today is leho for cowry shell. It is a very generic term for the cowry. Leho can be modified by adding other words to make the name specific for each of the many types of cowry, but leho will always work.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 30th

Mar 30, 2018

Hōʻole means to deny, refuse, reject, veto, and many more things of that nature. That's what the legislature did when they refused to pass the bill you wanted passed – hōʻole.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 23rd

Mar 23, 2018

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 16th

Mar 16, 2018

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 9th

Mar 9, 2018

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 2nd

Mar 2, 2018

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 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.

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