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Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 11th

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Hoʻolele means “to cause to fly.” And coupled with leo – for voice – it means “broadcast,” as we do these Hawaiian words every day on Hawaiʻi Public Radio. Hoʻolele leo – causing the voice to fly.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 10th

Oct 10, 2018

Puaʻa means “pig, swine, hog, pork.” And although it is a commonly used Hawaiian word, even in English conversation, it is often mispronounced. Say puaʻa as in kamapuaʻa. Puʻa is also another pronunciation you might hear, especially among native speakers.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 9th

Oct 9, 2018

Wai wai means “goods, property, assets, valuables, value, worth, wealth.” We most often hear wai wai to mean “rich, wealth, or value,” as in the popular song “Iesū me ke kanaka wai wai,” – Jesus and the Rich Man – written by Johnny Almeida.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 8th

Oct 8, 2018

Most of you will remember that ʻaʻole means “no.” And many people are confused when they hear ʻaʻohe. No, it's not a mispronunciation. ʻAʻohe means “no” too, but it is generally used to mean “none.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 5th

Oct 5, 2018

Pehea ʻoe – How are you? Pehea means “how” and ʻoe means “you.” We often hear this greeting even from those who do not speak Hawaiian. Pehea ʻoe? – How are you? Maikaʻi nō – Fine.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 4th

Oct 4, 2018

Maka means “eye, eye of the needle, face, countenance, even the lens of a camera.” It can also mean “beloved one, favorite person.” Kuʻu maka is somewhat like saying “the apple of my eye.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 3rd

Oct 3, 2018

We often hear people talk about being maʻa with something. It is a good choice of words if you are accustomed to something, familiar with it, used to it, know it thoroughly.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 2nd

Oct 2, 2018

Paʻa is a very commonly used word that can mean “firm, solid, tight, adhering, durable, fast, fixed, stuck, secure, closed,” and so much more. Paʻa ā paʻa means held fast, so hoʻo paʻa means to make fast, to bind.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 1st

Oct 1, 2018

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is ʻokakopa. Yes, it is a borrowed word and it means October. All of our month names are borrowed from English, which borrowed them from other languages.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 28th

Sep 28, 2018

Piʻi mele, two words that used together mean “musical scale.” Just as we sometimes call the scale do-re-mi in English, in Hawaiian we sometimes call the piʻi mele by the first three notes: pā-kō-lī.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 27th

Sep 27, 2018

Although kamaliʻi literally translates to mean “little child,” it is always used in the plural form to mean more than one little child.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 26th

Sep 26, 2018

Kāne is the Hawaiian word for “man.” You see this often in names like Kāneʻohe, which means “bamboo man,” and in many family names as well. It is also used for “male, husband, male sweetheart, and masculine.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 25th

Sep 25, 2018

Most people who live in Hawaiʻi know what a maile lei is, but it is one of those Hawaiian words that is all too often mispronounced. Maile is a native twining shrub with shiny, fragrant leaves, used for decorations and lei, especially on important occasions. Maile is pronounced “mai-lei,” not to be confused with the Leeward Oʻahu community called Māʻili.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 24th

Sep 24, 2018

Kikowaena means “center.” You can use it to describe such things as a shopping center. Ala Moana Center, for example, is kikowaena ku ʻae ō Ala Moana.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 21st

Sep 21, 2018

Ahiahi, the Hawaiian word for “evening,” is one that calls for a glide in your pronunciation. Ahiahi is that beautiful time of  day, the late afternoon.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 20th

Sep 20, 2018

When someone asks how you are, a good response might be, “oia mau nō,” an idiom that means “same as ever, just the same.” It is often said in answer to the question, “Pehea ʻoe?

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 19th

Sep 19, 2018

Kānāwai means “law, code, rule, statute, act, regulation, ordinance." There are many famous kānāwai, like the Law of the Splintered Paddle, and many we may not like. Ke kānāwai is “the law.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 18th

Sep 18, 2018

Alapiʻi means stairs, steps, ladder, or any ascent. Even a musical scale can be called an alapiʻi mele. Be careful when you walk up the alapiʻi!

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 17th

Sep 17, 2018

ʻAʻole means “no.” ʻAʻole is an interjection which also means “not, never,” and you may hear it pronounced ʻaʻale. You will commonly hear it even in English conversation when people say - ʻaʻole pilikia – no trouble.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 14th

Sep 14, 2018

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is the name of our state, Hawaiʻi. It is pronounced either as “Hawaiʻi” or “Havaiʻi.” Yes, either is okay. Language experts say you can pronounce it with a “w” or a “v” if that sound follows an “a.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 13th

Sep 13, 2018

Puakō is the name of a place on the Big Island, a beautiful place on the Kohala Coast where some 3,000 petroglyphs have been found. It means sugar cane blossom. “Pua” is blossom and the modifier “” means sugar cane.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 12th

Sep 12, 2018

Our Hawaiian word for today, hāpai, is one most people in Hawaiʻi already know and use, even in English conversation. It means to carry, and is most often used to describe a woman who is expecting a baby. It also means “to lift, raise, hoist, hold up, or support.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 11th

Sep 11, 2018

Manu means bird or any winged creature, even the wing of a kite. We have many kinds of beautiful manu in Hawaiʻi, many of them found only in Hawaiʻi, and threatened with extinction.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 10th

Sep 10, 2018

Oli means a chant that was danced to, especially with prolonged phrases chanted in one breath, often with a trill at the end of each phrase. We call a chanter a mea oli.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 7th

Sep 7, 2018

Alakaʻi means “to lead, guide, direct, a leader, a guide, or a conductor.” We usually hear it in relationship to hula, as those dancers who assist a kumu hula in leading and teaching hula dancers.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 6th

Sep 6, 2018

Kumu means “source, foundation, basis, root.” Nana i ke kumu means “to look at the source,” and we use the same word for “teacher.” O wau ke kumu -  I am your teacher.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 5th

Sep 5, 2018

Although it is often mispronounced,  muʻumuʻu is one of the best known of Hawaiian words. It means “cut off, shortened,” and is the name so often given to a large fitting gown, because the yoke was often missing, and the sleeves short. It's first meaning, however, is “amputated, maimed.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 4th

Sep 4, 2018

Haʻahaʻa means “lowly, humble, unpretentious, modest, and unassuming.” Remember it as a good way to sign off a letter – me haʻahaʻa – with humility.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 3rd

Sep 3, 2018

Aupuni means “government,” and can be modified to tell what kind of government we are talking about. For example, aupuni peke lala is the federal government, and aupuni koloniala is the colonial government.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 31st

Aug 31, 2018

Kahaluʻu, the proper name for a beautiful Windward Oʻahu location. It means diving place. Kaha is “place” and luʻu is “diving.” Be sure to sound the glottal stop, or ʻokina.

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