HWOTD

Hawaiian Word of the Day: April 13th

15 hours ago

Our Hawaiian word for today is puni meaning surrounded, controlled, overcome. Now that you know how to use the hoʻo prefix, you know that hoʻopuni can mean to surround, enclose, get control of: hoʻopuni.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: April 12th

Apr 12, 2021

Our Hawaiian word for today is nahele, for forest. Now you know the common Hawaiian family name, Kanahele, can mean the forest.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: April 9th

Apr 9, 2021

Most of us know ipu to be the gourd we see and hear in the hands of many hula dancers and chanters. But it also has other meanings – it can be used to mean any kind of container; even a dish, mug, calabash, pot, cup, urn, bowl, or a utensil.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: April 8th

Apr 8, 2021

Pulu means wet, moist, soaked, saturated. When you got caught in the rain without your umbrella, pulu is the word you should've known. And if you want to soak something, just put the causative prefix hoʻo in front. Since pulu means soaked, then hoʻopulu means “to soak.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: April 7th

Apr 7, 2021

Lawelawe means "to serve, work for, minister to, tend, attend to." When you serve dinner, that's what you're doing, lawelawe.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: April 6th

Apr 6, 2021

Our Hawaiian word for today is leho for cowry shell. It is a very generic term for the cowry. Leho can be modified by adding other words to make the name specific for each of the many types of cowry, but leho will always work.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: April 5th

Apr 5, 2021

Ikaika means strong, powerful, sturdy, and more. It is a very popular name now days, especially for boys whose parents want them to grow up ikaika. Be careful how you pronounce it, and don't insert an ʻokina that doesn't belong.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: April 2nd

Apr 2, 2021

Our Hawaiian word for today is ʻauhau, it means tax. And yes, it's that time of the year again. As you work on your taxes, remember this Hawaiian word: ʻauhau.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: April 1st

Apr 1, 2021

Our Hawaiian word for today is another borrowed word, ʻApelila is how we say April in Hawaiian. We borrowed ʻApelila from the English language, which borrowed it in turn from the Latin. It is the fourth month of the year.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 31st

Mar 31, 2021

Hoʻokaʻaʻike means to communicate. There's a lot more to communicating than just talking, and you'll find this new word very handy.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 30th

Mar 30, 2021

Hōʻole means to deny, refuse, reject, veto, and many more things of that nature. That's what the legislature did when they refused to pass the bill you wanted passed – hōʻole.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 29th

Mar 29, 2021

Poeko means “fluent.” There are not many people who are truly poeko in the Hawaiian language, but the number is increasing. You don't have to be Hawaiian to be poeko in Hawaiian and you don't have to be a native speaker. Many who are poeko have learned Hawaiian as a second language.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 26th

Mar 26, 2021

Iwakālua, meaning twenty, is our Hawaiian word for today, and a good one to learn since it is a little different from all the other numbers in our counting.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 25th

Mar 25, 2021

Pulelehua is the Hawaiian word for butterfly. There are so many beautiful butterflies in Hawaiʻi, it's good to know what to call them.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 24th

Mar 24, 2021

Our Hawaiian word for today is something we all like to eat, often with kālua pig. Kāpiki means cabbage. The next time you order kālua pig and cabbage, call it kāpiki.    

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 23rd

Mar 23, 2021

For the caller who wanted to know what puana meant, as in the line so commonly used in the last verse of a song. In that case, puana means the attack or beginning of a song. Haʻina ʻia mai ana ka puana just means to start to tell the summary, refrain of the song.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 22nd

Mar 22, 2021

Peʻa means a cross, or to cross. That's just one meaning, and there are many. But think of it when you make an “x” on the paper in a game of tic-tac-toe – that's a peʻa.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 19th

Mar 19, 2021

Our Hawaiian word for today is another common one, a word we can all use everyday. ʻŌmole is the Hawaiian word for jar, any kind of jar.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 18th

Mar 18, 2021

We all have them, and we all clean them, and we should know what to call them. Our Hawaiian word for today is niho, for tooth. Next time you're going to see your dentist, remember today's word: niho. See if the dentist knows how to say the word “tooth” in Hawaiian!

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 17th

Mar 17, 2021

Our Hawaiian word for today is a new one, pāmia. It means used, as in second hand. So a second hand car is a kaʻa pāmia.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 16th

Mar 16, 2021

Whether you use them as fences to keep cattle from strolling into your yard, or decoration in your home, pānini are a pretty popular plant in Hawaiʻi nei. Pānini is a cactus, from which we can also make liquor.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 15th

Mar 15, 2021

Paleʻili is another word for what we used to call a palule-t (a T-shirt). Since so many of us wear t-shirts, it should come in handy.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 12th

Mar 12, 2021

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: March 11th

Mar 11, 2021

Wānana means “prediction or to predict, to foresee, foretell or to prophesy.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 10th

Mar 10, 2021

Our Hawaiian word for today is alaheʻe haole. Together alaheʻe haole is the Hawaiian name for mock orange, that handy bush so many of us use to make leis.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 9th

Mar 9, 2021

Leʻa means: joy, pleasure, happiness, merry, and many more wonderful feelings. Yes, it is the same leʻa we use in the name of the double hull sailing canoe Hōkūleʻa. Hōkūleʻa translates to mean “star of gladness.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 8th

Mar 8, 2021

Lehiwa means “admirable, attractive, to admire.” It's a beautiful word to know, to use, and to hear. Try it: kuʻu pua lehiwa – my lovely blossom.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 5th

Mar 5, 2021

Hapalua means “half,” a very handy word. Hapalua kālā would be half dollar, and hapalua kālani would be half gallon.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 4th

Mar 4, 2021

Helu kuhi means zip code. Remember to use a helu kuhi, or zip code, when addressing your envelopes!

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 3rd

Mar 3, 2021

Meʻe is a hero, heroine, or an important person. For many of our youngsters, their meʻe is Superman, for others it might be you. Do you have a favorite meʻe? A meʻe punahele? (A favorite person?)

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