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Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 25th

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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.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 24th

Feb 24, 2021

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 23rd

Feb 23, 2021

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 22nd

Feb 22, 2021

Here's a fun Hawaiian word of the Day, mū pākē. is how we say “checkers,” and pākē is the Hawaiian word for “Chinese.” So mū pākē is Chinese checkers.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 19th

Feb 19, 2021

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.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 18th

Feb 18, 2021

Although many people use kaona to mean town, you may also say kūlana kauhale for town or city.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 17th

Feb 17, 2021

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 16th

Feb 16, 2021

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 15th

Feb 15, 2021

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.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 12th

Feb 12, 2021

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.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 11th

Feb 11, 2021

Puʻuwai means heart. And since it is that time of the year when we all celebrate Valentine's Day with hearts and flowers, you'll find a use for this handy word.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 10th

Feb 10, 2021

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 9th

Feb 9, 2021

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 8th

Feb 8, 2021

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.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 5th

Feb 5, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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: February 2nd

Feb 2, 2021

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: February 1st

Feb 1, 2021

Our Hawaiian word for today is kāpena. It too is a borrowed word, and it means captain. Use it when you talk about the captain of your favorite team, or the police captain, or the ship's captain.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 29th

Jan 29, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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 26th

Jan 26, 2021

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 25th

Jan 25, 2021

Our Hawaiian word for today is a new one: pipi kelemānia, for fresh corned beef. Pipi for beef, and kelemānia for German.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 21st

Jan 21, 2021

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 22nd

Jan 21, 2021

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 19th

Jan 19, 2021

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 18th

Jan 18, 2021

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.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 15th

Jan 15, 2021

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, 2021

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.

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