Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 1st By Leilani Poli`ahu • Jan 1, 2021 ShareTweetEmail Mua means first. And today is the first day of a new year. You might say it is the lā mua o kēia makahiki no. It may also mean: before, ahead, forward, in advance, future, front, former, foremost, primary, and many other things. Listen Listening... / 0:28 Tags: HWOTDhawaiianWordShareTweetEmailView the discussion thread.