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Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 22nd

Jan 21, 2021

Our Hawaiian word for today is lei ʻāʻī.  It can mean neck lei, but it can also mean a necktie. Some businessmen and lawyers wear lei ʻāʻī to work in Hawaiʻi.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 19th

Jan 19, 2021

Pōhaku means “stone.” Don't confuse the pōhaku with the little pebbles we call ʻili ʻili -  it must be larger than an ʻili ʻili to be a pōhaku.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 18th

Jan 18, 2021

Koʻolau means windward. A very appropriate name for a mountain range that runs up the windward side of the island of Oʻahu. It can be used as an adjective too, to describe something that is on the windward side.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 15th

Jan 15, 2021

Manuahi means free, as in no charge. Not many things are really free, but some of the best things in life are manuahi. Hawaiʻi Public Radio offers this Hawaiian Word of the Day program manuahi.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 14th

Jan 14, 2021

Mea kanu means plant, like that potted one you have in your office or living room. It is a planted thing, a mea kanu. Don't confuse it with that big tree outside, that's a kumu lāʻau.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 13th

Jan 13, 2021

The kōlea, or Golden Plover, is an amazing migratory bird that arrives in Hawaiʻi about August. And stays here through the winter months, leaving in May for the Arctic. The kōlea are here right now, look for them!

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 12th

Jan 12, 2021

Huakaʻi is Hawaiian for trip, voyage, journey, mission, procession, even a parade. It doesn't have to be a long voyage or flight. A trip to Maui is a huakaʻi, just as a trip to Japan is a huakaʻi. Next time you plan a trip, call it a huakaʻi.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 11th

Jan 11, 2021

Our Hawaiian word for today is lehulehu as in Lekiō o ko Hawaiʻi lehulehu: Hawaiʻi Public Radio. Lehulehu means “multitude, crowd, great number, population, the public.” It can also mean “numerous, very many, innumerable.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 8th

Jan 8, 2021

Our Hawaiian word of the day is poelele, a word that ancient Hawaiians had no need for. Poelele means satellite, it's a flying round object.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 7th

Jan 7, 2021

Our Hawaiian word of the Day is inoa kapakapa. Inoa means name. Together inoa kapakapa means nickname, pen name, or a fictitious name, an alias, or assumed name. Mark Twain was an inoa kapakapa.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 6th

Jan 6, 2021

You may have notice during the recent holidays that Hawaiian turkeys don't gobble, they say “kolo kolo.” Yes, the sounds attributed to animals vary from language to language. Kolo kolo means gobble gobble.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 5th

Jan 5, 2021

Mea hana keaka means actor or actress, such as your favorite of staged or screen. Who is your favorite mea hana keaka?

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 4th

Jan 4, 2021

Poʻomanaʻo is the headline – the thought heading, as above a story in a newspaper.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 1st

Jan 1, 2021

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.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 31st

Dec 31, 2020

Mele means song, anthem, or chant of any kind; a poem; or to sing or to chant. Na mele o Hawaiʻi nei means the songs of Hawaiʻi.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 30th

Dec 30, 2020

ʻĀkau means north when used as a direction. But is more commonly used to mean right, as opposed to left.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 29th

Dec 29, 2020

Akahele means “slow or moderate, cautious, prudent.” So when someone tells you “e akahele ʻoe” it means “be careful.” Be careful when you are driving this holiday. 

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 28th

Dec 28, 2020

If you are like most families, you are still eating leftover turkey from the holidays. In Hawaiian, we call that popular bird pelehū.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 25th

Dec 25, 2020

Today is Christmas Day, and the Hawaiian word for today is lā kalikimaka. Lā means day. Kalikimaka, of course, is a borrowed word, and that is how we say Christmas.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 24th

Dec 24, 2020

Hereʻs a Hawaiian Word of the Day that is clearly borrowed, and certain to be popular with the youngsters. Pai pika means pizza. Think of the fun you can have adding modifiers to that Hawaiian word!

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 23rd

Dec 23, 2020

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is one for the sports fans, hoʻomaha hapalua is how we say halftime. Whether you are a football fan or a basketball fan, remember hoʻomaha hapalua is halftime.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 22nd

Dec 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: December 21st

Dec 21, 2020

Our Hawaiian Word for today is wilipā, for "disc jockey." It is sort of like spinning a platter.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 18th

Dec 18, 2020

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is the passive form of hānau, meaning to give birth. We often hear it used incorrectly, and should say hānau ʻia if we are talking about the person born, rather than the one giving birth.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 17th

Dec 17, 2020

Our Hawaiian word for today is awāwa meaning valley. Many place names are names of valleys, such as: ke awāwa o Mānoa on Oʻahu, ke awāwa o Waipio on Hawaiʻi and ke awāwa o Halawa on Molokaʻi.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 16th

Dec 16, 2020

Mōʻī means king, sovereign, monarch. And mōʻī followed by 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: December 15th

Dec 15, 2020

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is mana. Mana means “supernatural, or divine power, miraculous power, authority.” We often talk about people who have special mana, or powers. A leo mana is a voice of authority that is obeyed.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 11th

Dec 11, 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: December 10th

Dec 10, 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: December 9th

Dec 9, 2020

Hale noho haumāna is the Hawaiian word for dormitory, a place where students live.

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