HWOTD

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 25th

Dec 25, 2019

Today is Christmas Day, and the Hawaiian word for today is lā kalikimaka. Lā means day. Kalikimaka, of course, is a borrowed word, and that is how we say Christmas.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 24th

Dec 24, 2019

Hereʻs a Hawaiian Word of the Day that is clearly borrowed, and certain to be popular with the youngsters. Pai pika means pizza. Think of the fun you can have adding modifiers to that Hawaiian word!

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 23rd

Dec 23, 2019

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is one for the sports fans, hoʻomaha hapalua is how we say halftime. Whether you are a football fan or a basketball fan, remember hoʻomaha hapalua is halftime.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 20th

Dec 20, 2019

Hāmama means open, like a door or a window is open. It should not be confused with the act of opening.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 19th

Dec 19, 2019

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is mea holoi, an eraser. If you've ever made a mistake and needed to erase it, you know how handy a mea holoi can be. It's a mea holoi, whether it's on the end of a pencil or in your hand at the blackboard.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 18th

Dec 18, 2019

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is the passive form of hānau, meaning to give birth. We often hear it used incorrectly, and should say hānau ʻia if we are talking about the person born, rather than the one giving birth.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 17th

Dec 17, 2019

Our Hawaiian word for today is awāwa meaning valley. Many place names are names of valleys, such as: ke awāwa o Mānoa on Oʻahu, ke awāwa o Waipio on Hawaiʻi and ke awāwa o Halawa on Molokaʻi.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 16th

Dec 16, 2019

Mōʻī means king, sovereign, monarch. And mōʻī followed by the word wahine means queen. The word mōʻī is of recent origin, and may be used by itself to mean a monarch of either gender.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 13th

Dec 13, 2019

Postcards have been around a long time, but this Hawaiian word for the postcard is quite new. It is kāleka poʻoleka.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 12th

Dec 12, 2019

Need a very generic Hawaiian word for a tool or apparatus that you might call a do-hickey in English? Try hāmea, a new Hawaiian word, and a great new word for that little thing you use, but can't remember what to call it.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 11th

Dec 11, 2019

Our Hawaiian word for today is a well-known place name on Kauaʻi, Poʻipū. It is often mispronounced because people see the first three letters as a group and pronounce it as they would poi. It means crashing, as in wave action.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 10th

Dec 10, 2019

Kūkulu means to build or construct, or erect as a house. You can also use kūkulu to mean set up, such as a tent, or to found, such as a society.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 9th

Dec 9, 2019

Hale noho haumāna is the Hawaiian word for dormitory, a place where students live.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 6th

Dec 6, 2019

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is Waiʻaleʻale, the name for the wettest spot on Earth. Waiʻaleʻale is the highest mountain on Kauaʻi, and Waiʻaleʻale means rippling or overflowing water, a very appropriate name for a place with more than 475 inches of rain a year.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 5th

Dec 5, 2019

Our Hawaiian word for today is aniani, something we all see, or see through every day. A common meaning for aniani is glass. We modify it for special meanings, such as aniani nānā for mirror, or aniani awe for fiber glass. It can be the modifier such as puka aniani for window.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 4th

Dec 4, 2019

Kaimukī, the name for a section of Honolulu, is another name often mispronounced by those familiar with the common Hawaiian word kai. Actually, Kaimukī means “the ti oven” and is a compound word made up of ka for “the,” imu for “oven,” and for “ti.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 3rd

Dec 3, 2019

Many people who don't speak Hawaiian ask how to make the glottal stop in your speech at the beginning of a word. ʻIolani is a good example. ʻIolani is the name of a palace, an avenue, a fine school, and many other things. And ʻiolani means “royal hawk.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 2nd

Dec 2, 2019

Anu can mean “temperature,” but when we talk of weather anu usually means “cold.” After a long, hot summer, lots of us look forward to days that might be thought of as anu.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 29th

Nov 29, 2019

For those of you who have learned to tell time in Hawaiian, you will find it very handy to know that we also have a way to say both A.M and P.M. It means the same as in English, and it is written the same way. But in Hawaiian we pronounce it ʻamu and pimu.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 28th

Nov 28, 2019

Ala kalaiwa means driveway. You often see Ala used to mean street, path, or way. As in Ala Moana or Ala Wai. Kalaiwa means drive, and since modifiers follow nouns in Hawaiian, we say ala kalaiwa for driveway.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 22nd

Nov 22, 2019

Our Hawaiian word for today is naupaka, a native species of shrubs found in both the mountains and on the coasts. And who hasn't heard the stories about why the shrub flowers that look like half flowers?

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 21st

Nov 21, 2019

Heiau is often mispronounced by people who put in a glottal stop that doesn't belong there. A heiau is a pre-Christian place of worship, commonly referred to in English as a Hawaiian temple, or shrine.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 15th

Nov 15, 2019

Our Hawaiian word for today is a place name, Hāmākua. It is a poetic term for kuhi loa, or long corner. It is all too often mispronounced.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 14th

Nov 14, 2019

Aku is known in English as skip jack tuna. Many of our listeners will say it makes the best sashimi and the best poke. Aku is one Hawaiian word used by almost everyone.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 8th

Nov 8, 2019

Ao means cloud. Although there are many meanings for ao, and many other words for specific types of clouds. Remember this as a generic term for any kind of cloud.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 7th

Nov 7, 2019

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is another short phrase you can use, auē ka nani. And it means how beautiful.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 1st

Nov 1, 2019

Hoanoho means roommate or neighbor. It's something we all have. It comes from hoa meaning friend, companion, colleague, mate, and noho for living, dwelling, staying.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 31st

Oct 31, 2019

Our Hawaiian word for today is a short phrase, kekahi i kekahi. It means each other, one another. It is often heard by folks who use it to describe how we should love one another. E aloha kekahi i kekahi.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 25th

Oct 25, 2019

Awakea means midday, and we often hear it in the popular noon day greeting: aloha awakea. All of the popular greetings that incorporate specific times of the day were added to the Hawaiian language in modern times.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 24th

Oct 24, 2019

ʻEleʻele is the Hawaiian word for black. So anything that is black can be said to be ʻeleʻele. Yes, the place called ʻEleʻele on Kauaʻi has the same meaning: black.

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