HWOTD

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 3rd

Dec 3, 2020

Many people who don't speak Hawaiian ask how to make the glottal stop in your speech at the beginning of a word. ʻIolani is a good example. ʻIolani is the name of a palace, an avenue, a fine school, and many other things. And ʻiolani means “royal hawk.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 2nd

Dec 2, 2020

Anu can mean “temperature,” but when we talk of weather anu usually means “cold.” After a long, hot summer, lots of us look forward to days that might be thought of as anu.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 1st

Dec 1, 2020

Our Hawaiian word for today is kēhau for “dew.” Kēhau is often seen on the grass in the higher elevations, and the word kēhau comes up often in Hawaiian songs and chants. Kēhau is also a popular given name.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 30th

Nov 30, 2020

Ānuenue means “rainbow.” It is a name given to the Kula Kaiapuni in Pālolo, the first DOE school devoted entirely to the immersion teaching of children in the Hawaiian language.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 27th

Nov 27, 2020

ʻAina kakahiaka is how we say breakfast in Hawaiian, and that is our Hawaiian Word of the Day. ʻAina means meal, and kakahiaka means morning.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 26th

Nov 26, 2020

Pehea means how or what. It is most often heard in the greeting “Pehea ʻoe?” It is used by both Hawaiian speakers and many who know only a few words. Pehea ʻoe? – How are you?

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 25th

Nov 25, 2020

Hoʻoponopono means to make right. And it is a Hawaiian way of putting things in order, settling problems by sitting down together and talking it out. Hoʻoponopono is something we should all be aware of and practice.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 24th

Nov 24, 2020

Our Hawaiian word for today is a famous Kauaʻi place name, Waiʻaleʻale. It means “rippling, or overflowing water.” Waiʻaleʻale is the highest mountain on Kauaʻi, and boasts an annual rainfall of more than 475 inches a year.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 23rd

Nov 23, 2020

Often we hear Hawaiians speak of their ʻaumakua, their family or personal god – deified ancestors who might assume the shape of sharks, owls, hawks, mud hens, octopuses, eels, mice, rats, even clouds or plants.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 20th

Nov 20, 2020

Punahou is a very well known Hawaiian word, mostly because it is the name of one of our oldest schools, and it means new spring. In fact, Punahou School was named because of a spring at that location.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 19th

Nov 19, 2020

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is wailele or waterfall. Literally, wailele means leaping water. And although it is a generic term, it is also is used in many place names and songs. Such as the popular wailele o ʻakaka.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 18th

Nov 18, 2020

Puʻuwai is Hawaiian for heart. And while it is often used as a center of emotions, that is probably a Western concept. The earliest reference to the heart in that context was in 1853.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 17th

Nov 17, 2020

Hemolele most often heard in conjunction with things religious, means “perfect, faultless, flawless, holy, immaculate, saintly.” As in ka ʻUhane Hemolele, the Holy Spirit.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 16th

Nov 16, 2020

Pūʻolo meaning a bundle, bag, container, or a parcel is a Hawaiian word often used in English conversation. When you go home from the store, don't forget your pūʻolo!

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 13th

Nov 13, 2020

It's so often mispronounced that the incorrect version has become an accepted pidgin word. But our word for today is mea ʻono puaʻa, or delicious pig thing. It is a popular and tasty steamed or baked Chinese bun with pork inside.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 12th

Nov 12, 2020

Ōkolehao is a strong and popular liquor distilled from ti root in a still of the same name. Ōkolehao is sometimes made from rice or pineapple juice too.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 11th

Nov 11, 2020

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is waina for wine. It is a word borrowed from English for a product that did not exist in pre-contact Hawaiʻi.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 10th

Nov 10, 2020

Nui means “big, greatest, grand, important.” As in aliʻi nui. Hale nui would be a big house. And mea nui would be an important thing. Used as an adjective it follows the noun. It can also mean “many or a group.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 9th

Nov 9, 2020

We didn't have a Hawaiian word for yogurt, so we borrowed one from our cousins – the Maori people of New Zealand. That new Hawaiian word is waiūtepe.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 6th

Nov 6, 2020

Our Hawaiian word for today is really a short and useful phrase, naʻu e uku. It means my treat or I'll pay.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 5th

Nov 5, 2020

Luahine means old woman. Luahine is most often used by non-Hawaiian speakers as a proper name, as in the great hula dancer ʻIolani Luahine.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 4th

Nov 4, 2020

Kaʻahumanu, a beautiful Hawaiian name, and it means the bird cloak or the favorite cloak. It is the name of the favorite wife of King Kamehameha the Great.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 3rd

Nov 3, 2020

While you most often hear Palani as the Hawaiian transliteration of the name Frank or Frances. It also means France or French. We don't have a lot of Palani in Hawaiʻi, but there are many in Tahiti.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 2nd

Nov 2, 2020

Heluhelu means “to read.” Helu, by itself, is to count, but re-duplicating it gives us a new word: to read. All of us can heluhelu and we do it everyday reading books, newspapers, magazines, signs, and more.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 30th

Oct 30, 2020

Puʻunēnē is a place on the island of Maui, and a beautiful name that is all too often mispronounced. It is named for a hill – a puʻu – where you might find the nēnē goose, our state bird: goose hill.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 29th

Oct 29, 2020

Millions of people see it every year, but few know that the bay that extends from Honolulu Harbor to Pearl Harbor is called Māmala.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 28th

Oct 28, 2020

Maʻa mau is two words that mean common, usual, customary. Chinese food is the meaʻai maʻa mau for a lot of people in Hawaiʻi. He mea maʻa mau – a common thing.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 27th

Oct 27, 2020

Kiʻi means “picture, a photo, a doll, statue, any image.” It also means “to fetch something” and both are common usage. Such as E kiʻi ʻoe ke kiʻi – fetch the picture.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 26th

Oct 26, 2020

Luʻu means “to dive,” and it is popular thing to do in Hawaiʻi. Whether you are a student playing the card game called “Fish” or a diver out looking for a fish. Kahaluʻu then means “diving place.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 23rd

Oct 23, 2020

ʻAnakē is another term we borrowed from English, and it means aunty. We have so many aunties in Hawaiʻi, ʻanakē should come in handy.

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