HWOTD

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 26th

Jun 26, 2020

Hōkū means "star," and is often used in names such as Hōkūlea, the star of gladness, or Na Hōkū, the local recording industry awards program. Be sure to include the stresses, for it takes on a different meaning if you do not.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 25th

Jun 25, 2020

Although kōlea has many meanings, the most common perhaps is as the Hawaiian name of the Pacific Golden Plover - a bird that arrives in Hawaii in August or September, and returns to the Arctic in April or May.

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Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 24th

Jun 24, 2020

We hear the word tūtū used so often, but many of us not know that kūkū is another perhaps more traditional pronunciation for today's Hawaiian word. It means "granny, grandma, grandpa," or any relative or close friend of your grandparents' generation. You can say kūkū kane for grandfather, or kūkū wahine for grandmother, but kūkū by itself will always suffice.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 23rd

Jun 23, 2020

Wahiawā is one of those beautiful Oʻahu place names that is so often mispronounced. It means "place of noise," for the rough seas could be heard all the way to Wahiawā.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 22nd

Jun 22, 2020

Hiapo means "first born." It is used often in Hawaiian to describe the eldest child, the first born. Like many cultures, there is a special significance attached to being the first born, or hiapo, in a Hawaiian family.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 19th

Jun 19, 2020

Today’s Hawaiian word of the day is one of the most commonly used of Hawaiian words, Lani. It means "sky, heaven, or heavenly," and can also mean "spiritual." Lani is part of many proper names, such as Leilani for “heavenly lei.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 18th

Jun 18, 2020

Many of our visitors to Hawaiʻi come from Japan, and we call them kepanī. It is, as you may have guessed, a transliteration of the English word Japanese.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 17th

Jun 17, 2020

Akamai, for smart, is one of the first Hawaiian words many people learn. It also means "clever, expert, skillful." If you see someone doing something very clever, it's okay to say Akamai ʻoe or you're very smart.

 

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 16th

Jun 16, 2020

Mōʻī means "king, sovereign, monarch." And mōʻī followed the word wahine means "queen." The word mōʻī is of recent origin, and may be used by itself to mean a monarch of either gender.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 15th

Jun 15, 2020

Mākaukau means "able, competent, prepared." You often hear this word called out by chanters who are asking the hula dancers if they are ready. The answer is always ʻae, for yes.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 12th

Jun 12, 2020

Papaheʻenalu. Well Papa can mean a "board or almost any kind of flat surface." Adding heʻenalu to it makes it a surfboard. Heʻe means "to slide or surf," and nalu means "wave." Put it all together and you get a surfboard.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 11th

Jun 11, 2020

Kūkulu means to build or construct, or erect as a house. You can also use kūkulu to mean set up, such as a tent, or to found, such as a society.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 10th

Jun 10, 2020

Our Hawaiian word for today is a well-known place name on Kauaʻi, Poʻipū. It is often mispronounced because people see the first three letters as a group and pronounce it as they would poi. It means crashing, as in wave action.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 9th

Jun 9, 2020

Piha means full, complete, filled, loaded. Piha koʻopu simply means the stomach is full. Piha can also mean full-blooded; as in Hawaiʻi piha, pure Hawaiian.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 8th

Jun 8, 2020

Hungry? In Hawaiian we say pōloli. It means hungry, hunger, famine.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 5th

Jun 5, 2020

Todayʻs word of the day is a well-known name, Liliʻuokalani. She was our last queen, overthrown in January 1893. Many mispronounce because of familiarity of the English name Lily.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 4th

Jun 4, 2020

If you barbecue a lot, you probably already know today's word of the day. Pūlehu means to broil. Although it most correctly means broiling as you would sweet potatoes, breadfruit or bananas placed on hot embers. We often used pūlehu to describe meat that has been broiled.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 3rd

Jun 3, 2020

Pua is a very well known and often used Hawaiian word. In common usage it means: flower, blossom, even the tassel and stem of sugar cane. It means to bloom, and among its many other meanings is child, descendant, offspring.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 2nd

Jun 2, 2020

Pālule-t means t-shirt. And as you may have guessed, it is a relatively new term. Yes, pālule means "shirt," and we just added the modifier "T" following the noun.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 1st

Jun 1, 2020

Mākaʻi means policeman, also means to police or inspect. Since all of our policemen speak English, you won’t need to ask for one in Hawaiian. But it will impress many of them if you can call them a mākaʻi.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 29th

May 29, 2020

Kaulana means famous, celebrated, renowned, well-known.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 28th

May 28, 2020

Akua has many meanings, but none more common in today's Hawaiian than God. In Hawaiian, there are many different kinds of gods, and akua can mean goddess, spirit, ghost, devil, image, idol, divine, even a corpse.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 27th

May 27, 2020

Leo means voice, tone, tune, melody, sound, command, and more. It is most often used today to mean voice and is heard often in describing singers, such as the leo nahenahe, or as the name of the private pre-school Punanaleo, “the voice nest.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 26th

May 26, 2020

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is often mispronounced place name, Haʻikū. It means “a sharp break or to speak abruptly,” and is often confused with the Hawaiian term haiku for a type of poetry.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 25th

May 25, 2020

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is actually two words, hale kūʻai. It means a store or a shop, a place that sells things you might buy.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 22nd

May 22, 2020

Hoʻomau means to continue, keep on, persist, renew, perpetuate, persevere, and last. Be sure to pronounce those glottal stops between the “o,” which is called an ʻokina in Hawaiian.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 21st

May 21, 2020

Today's Hawaiian Word of the Day is kāmaʻa; for shoe, sandal, slipper, boot, ti leaf, or tapa sandal, shoes.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 20th

May 20, 2020

Keiki is a very well known and often used term for child. It means offspring, child, youngster. But it is also used for animals, such as a colt, kid, cub, or even the young of a taro or banana plant. Say keiki, as in keiki o kā ʻāina – a child of the land.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 19th

May 19, 2020

Pilikia is another of those Hawaiian words already in common usage in English conversation in Hawaiʻi. It means trouble of any kind, great or small, from a problem or nuisance, to an affliction or tragedy.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 18th

May 18, 2020

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.”

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