HWOTD

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 5th

Feb 5, 2020

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, 2020

ʻAhamele means concert. ʻAha is a gathering, and mele is music. So ʻahamele is a concert.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 3rd

Feb 3, 2020

Kaila hou is how we say modern in Hawaiian. Literally it means new style. Kaila means style and hou for new.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 31st

Jan 31, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

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 27th

Jan 27, 2020

ʻOmawawe is how we say microwave oven in Hawaiian. You know that is a new word in our language, but a useful one.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 24th

Jan 24, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

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 20th

Jan 20, 2020

Heʻe is the Hawaiian word for octopus. You've probably heard heʻe in names such as Waiheʻe, a former governor of Hawaiʻi, or in words like wahaheʻe, meaning to lie, literally, slippery mouth.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 17th

Jan 17, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

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 13th

Jan 13, 2020

The kōlea, or Golden Plover, is an amazing migratory bird that arrives in Hawaiʻi about August. And stays here through the winter months, leaving in May for the Arctic. The kōlea are here right now, look for them!

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 10th

Jan 10, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

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 6th

Jan 6, 2020

You may have notice during the recent holidays that Hawaiian turkeys don't gobble, they say “kolo kolo.” Yes, the sounds attributed to animals vary from language to language. Kolo kolo means gobble gobble.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 3rd

Jan 3, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

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 31st

Dec 31, 2019

Mele means song, anthem, or chant of any kind; a poem; or to sing or to chant. Na mele o Hawaiʻi nei means the songs of Hawaiʻi.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 30th

Dec 30, 2019

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: December 27th

Dec 27, 2019

With so many people driving during the holidays, we hope you donʻt have an ulia kaʻa, or auto accident. Drive carefully so you don't have one.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 26th

Dec 26, 2019

Hoʻokūkū moho is how we say playoff in Hawaiian. After the regular season, there is often a hoʻokūkū moho to select a winner.

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