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Hawaiian Word of the Day: April 6th

Apr 6, 2020

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 3rd

Apr 3, 2020

Our Hawaiian word for today is mea maʻa mau, meaning a common thing. Be sure to sound the glottal stop or ʻokina when you say maʻa. Hamburgers and French fries are a mea maʻa mau for our youngsters now days.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: April 2nd

Apr 2, 2020

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, 2020

Our Hawaiian word for today is another borrowed word, ʻApelia is how we say April in Hawaiian. We borrowed ʻApelia 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, 2020

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, 2020

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 27th

Mar 27, 2020

Pololei means correct. Pololei ʻoe means “you are correct.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 26th

Mar 26, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

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 20th

Mar 20, 2020

If you listen to Hawaiian speakers, you often hear the word mea. Mea just means “thing,” and it can be used in so many different ways, usually with a modifier. A mea hula is a dancer, a mea nui is a large or important thing, and a mea oli is a chanter.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 19th

Mar 19, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

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 13th

Mar 13, 2020

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: March 12th

Mar 12, 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.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 11th

Mar 11, 2020

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

Hawaiian Word of the Day: March 10th

Mar 10, 2020

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, 2020

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 6th

Mar 6, 2020

Hoʻomana means religion. For example, Ka Hoʻomana o Iesu Kristo o nā Poʻe Hoʻāno o nā Lā Hope Nei is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 28th

Feb 28, 2020

Most people know the ipu as a musical instrument made out of a gourd. But ipu is a general word used for any type of container. Such as a: dish, mug, calabash, pot, cup, bowl, basin, or even a utensil.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 27th

Feb 27, 2020

We all fill out forms, and you should know that those blanks you must fill in are hakahaka. Hakahaka just means “vacant space,” like those blanks on a form.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 21st

Feb 21, 2020

Wakinekona is a Hawaiian-ization, if you will, of Washington. It is how we say the name of the state, the nation's capital, and the first president of the United States. Even the Honolulu home of our last queen. Wakinekona, a borrowed word for Washington.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 20th

Feb 20, 2020

Did you ever sit on a stool without a back and wonder what to call it in Hawaiian? Well, you might say noho kū.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 14th

Feb 14, 2020

Another of our beautiful place names so often mispronounced is Kuapā. Kuapā is the old name for Maunalua Fish Pond where the Hawaiʻi Kai Marina is now located. Kuapā was partly filled in when Hawaiʻi Kai was built.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 13th

Feb 13, 2020

Not to be confused with kamaliʻi, which means children, kamāliʻi means royal child. Kamāliʻi has a macron or kahakō over the second letter “a” – that's the difference between the two words. So a kamāliʻi kane is a prince.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 7th

Feb 7, 2020

Our Hawaiian word for today is something relatively new to Hawaiʻi. Nuʻuoʻa means high rise, and it wasn't too many years ago that there were no high rises in Hawaiʻi. That's still true on some islands, but there are plenty of them on Oʻahu.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 6th

Feb 6, 2020

ʻOhana ʻālani, or orange family, is how we say citrus in Hawaiian. ʻOhana of course is family. And ʻālani for orange.

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