HWOTD

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 21st

Jul 21, 2017

Pīkake is our name for the fragrant jasmine flower, and it is also the Hawaiian word for peacock.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 14th

Jul 14, 2017

Molokaʻi is often called the “friendly island.” And although it's well known in song and chant, it is not known for sure what the name means.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 7th

Jul 7, 2017

The muʻumuʻu is often called the “Mother Hubbard” or loose-fitting dress. Don't confuse it with mumu which is a thud-like sound. The dress is a muʻumuʻu.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 30th

Jun 30, 2017

ʻOhana means family. It is one of the most popularly used Hawaiian words in English conversation, and is often used in names of organizations, as well as family units.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 23rd

Jun 23, 2017

Wahiawā is one of those beautiful Oʻahu place names that is so often mispronounced. It means "place of noise," for the rough seas could be heard all the way to Wahiawā.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 16th

Jun 16, 2017

Mōʻī means "king, sovereign, monarch." And mōʻī followed 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: June 9th

Jun 9, 2017

Piha means full, complete, filled, loaded. Piha koʻopu simply means the stomach is full. Piha can also mean full-blooded; as in Hawaiʻi piha, pure Hawaiian.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 2nd

Jun 2, 2017

Pālule-t means t-shirt. And as you may have guessed, it is a relatively new term. Yes, pālule means "shirt," and we just added the modifier "T" following the noun.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 26th

May 26, 2017

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is often mispronounced place name, Haʻikū. It means “a sharp break or to speak abruptly,” and is often confused with the Hawaiian term haiku for a type of poetry.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 19th

May 19, 2017

Pilikia is another of those Hawaiian words already in common usage in English conversation in Hawaiʻi. It means trouble of any kind, great or small, from a problem or nuisance, to an affliction or tragedy.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 12th

May 12, 2017

Our Hawaiian word for today is kī hōʻalu. is the Hawaiian word for “key” and hōʻalu means “to slacken or loosen.” It is the popular Hawaiian term for what in English we call “slack key.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 5th

May 5, 2017

Today's Hawaiian Word of the Day is most often used as a place name. Kapiʻolani is a medical center, a tree-lined boulevard, a park, a school, a playground, and so much more. All are named for Queen Kapiʻolani, wife of Kalākaua. Literally, it means “the arch of heaven,” and refers to the beautiful rainbows so frequently seen in Hawaiʻi. Rainbows signify the presence of royalty in old Hawaiʻi.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: April 28th

Apr 28, 2017

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is kāhea meaning to call out, cry out, invoke, greet, or name. You may not use the word, but you hear its application often when you watch a hula performance and hear one or more of the dancers call out the first lines of a stanza as a cue to the chanter. Put stress on the first vowel.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: April 21st

Apr 21, 2017

Hoʻopulapula means to rehabilitate. That's why we use it to describe homestead lands. They're called ʻāina hoʻopulapula, lands for the rehabilitation of Hawaiians/Homestead lands.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: April 14th

Apr 14, 2017

A kupua is a demi-god, or cultural hero, especially a supernatural being possessing several forms, one possessing magical powers. Kupua can often change their form and may assume non god-like, very everyday things.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: April 7th

Apr 7, 2017

Lawelawe means "to serve, work for, minister to, tend, attend to." When you serve dinner, that's what you're doing, lawelawe.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 31st

Mar 31, 2017

Hoʻokaʻaʻike means to communicate. There's a lot more to communicating than just talking, and you'll find this new word very handy.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 24th

Mar 24, 2017

Our Hawaiian word for today is something we all like to eat, often with kālua pig. Kāpiki means cabbage. The next time you order kālua pig and cabbage, call it kāpiki.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 17th

Mar 17, 2017

Our Hawaiian word for today is a new one, pāmia. It means used, as in second hand. So a second hand car is a kaʻa pāmia.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 10th

Mar 10, 2017

Our Hawaiian word for today is alaheʻe haole. Together alaheʻe haole is the Hawaiian name for mock orange, that handy bush so many of us use to make leis.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 3rd

Mar 3, 2017

Meʻe is a hero, heroine, or an important person. For many of our youngsters, their meʻe is Superman, for others it might be you. Do you have a favorite meʻe? A meʻe punahele? (A favorite person?)

Hawaiian Word of the Day: Febraury 28th

Feb 28, 2017

Most people know the ipu is a musical instrument made out of a gourd. But ipu is a general word for any type of container such as a dish, mug, calabash, pot, cup, bowl, basin, or even a utensil. Ipu is a very handy word to know.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 24th

Feb 24, 2017

Pāʻia means noisy. It is best known as a small town in East Maui, and because it is so often misspelled, it is mispronounced.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 17th

Feb 17, 2017

Our Hawaiian word for today is wai honua for “ground water.” Wai, is for water, and honua for ground or earth. There are many different kinds of water, all beginning with the word wai. Try to think of a few others.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 10th

Feb 10, 2017

Pea kiʻi is one way to say “teddy bear.” And lots of folks are probably shopping for those cuddly little toys as Valentine's Day approaches.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 3rd

Feb 3, 2017

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 27th

Jan 27, 2017

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 20th

Jan 20, 2017

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 13th

Jan 13, 2017

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 6th

Jan 6, 2017

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.”

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