Our Hawaiian word for today is kaʻa mio. Kaʻa is a “car,” and by adding mio that makes it a sports car. Mio means to move swiftly. You might not own a kaʻa mio, but we all see them driving by. And now you know what to call them in Hawaiian.
Our Hawaiian word for today is leo ʻekolu, literally third voice, it is how we say tenor in Hawaiian. Leo means voice, and ʻekolu means three. Not counting falsetto, leo ʻekolu is the highest of the male voices.
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.
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.
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.
Kūhiō, the beautiful name given to a major avenue in Waikīkī, a beach, our federal building, and so many other place in Hawaiʻi is so often mispronounced, that we chose it for our Hawaiian Word of the Day.
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.”
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.
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!
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.
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.