Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 22nd

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In Hawaiʻi, where everyone it seems is our uncle or aunty, the word ʻanakala comes in pretty handy. It is a borrowed word from the English language meaning “uncle.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 21st

Oct 21, 2019

Ame, to little words used together, means and. You will often hear ame when speakers link nouns such as mele kalikimaka ame haʻoli makahiki hou.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 18th

Oct 18, 2019

Nāwiliwili is a popular though often mispronounced place name on Kauaʻi. It is the site of that island's major sea port. It means “the wiliwili trees.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 17th

Oct 17, 2019

Nānā means “to look at, observe, see, inspect, pay attention to.” Nānā i ke kumu – look to the source – it's good advice!

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 16th

Oct 16, 2019

We often hear aliʻi in conjunction with pageants and other places where our chiefs are portrayed. Yes, aliʻi means chief, chiefess, officer, ruler, monarch, king, queen. And aliʻi nui then is the “High Chief.” Now days we often hear mōʻī for king, but he was an aliʻi nui in the old days.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 15th

Oct 15, 2019

Hema hema means “unprepared, awkward, clumsy, unskilled, inefficient.” We can think of a lot of people who are hema hema; it's much better to be mākaukau – prepared.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 14th

Oct 14, 2019

Pahu and hau combine to give us the Hawaiian word for ice box or refrigerator. Pahu is a box, chest, cabinet, or similar container, and hau means cool, iced, ice, frost, dew, snow. Put them together and you have an ice box: pahu hau.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 11th

Oct 11, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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 7th

Oct 7, 2019

Our Hawaiian word for today is, hoa aloha. Although aikāne is probably commonly used by non-native speakers to mean “friend.” Hoa aloha is the preferred Hawaiian word.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 4th

Oct 4, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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 30th

Sep 30, 2019

Kuene means: waiter, waitress, steward, treasurer, to wait on a table, to put to order, to arrange or to lay out. We most often use kuene for those who wait on us in restaurants.

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Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 27th

Sep 27, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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 23rd

Sep 23, 2019

Ulu means “to grow, increase, spread.” It is often used in conjunction with such words as wehi. Ulu wehi, for example, means “lush and beautiful, festively adorned.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 20th

Sep 20, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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!

For tonight's episode of Bridging The Gap, DJ Mermaid is sticking to what she knows best and curating the show with some of her favorite mele Hawaiʻi on vinyl. Mahalo iā KTUH FM Honolulu for lending out a few albums from their collection for this show.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 17th

Sep 17, 2019

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 16th

Sep 16, 2019

Here's a simple, short Hawaiian Word of the Day for you,  it is ʻae. It means “yes, to say yes, consent, to confirm, grant, agree, approve, permit.” It is the word you so often want to hear in answer to your questions.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 13th

Sep 13, 2019

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.