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Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 20th

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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 19th

Feb 19, 2018

Our Hawaiian word for today is leo ʻekolu, literally “third voice,” it is how we say tenor in Hawaiian. Leo means “voice,” and ʻekolu means “three.” Not counting falsetto, leo ʻekolu is the highest of the male voices.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 16th

Feb 16, 2018

Our Hawaiian word for today is koʻo for “support.” Koʻo has many meanings and many uses, but most commonly is used to describe a brace or a prop, a helper, something used to help support something else – even a cane become a koʻo koʻo.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 15th

Feb 15, 2018

Punahou is another beautiful Oʻahu place name that is often mispronounced. Punahou means “new spring.” When you say it don't drop that last vowel sound. Reshape your lips so you end up forming the last half of that “o-u” diphthong.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 14th

Feb 14, 2018

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, 2018

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 12th

Feb 12, 2018

Kūhiō, the beautiful name given to a major avenue in Waikīkī, a beach, our federal building, and so many other place in Hawaiʻi is so often mispronounced, that we chose it for our Hawaiian Word of the Day.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 9th

Feb 9, 2018

Wela means hot. You'll hear both wela (well-a) or wela (vel-a) as correct pronunciations, depending on the sound it follows. Wela means hot, burned, heat, temperature, but can also mean “lust” or “passion” or “feeling lust.” Wela wela is “doubly hot.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 8th

Feb 8, 2018

Next time you order an ice cream cone, try asking for a kone ʻaikalima – that's how we say “ice cream cone” in Hawaiian. Sure, they are borrowed words, since Hawaiians of old didn't have any such thing as ice cream or cone.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 7th

Feb 7, 2018

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, 2018

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

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 5th

Feb 5, 2018

Ulia kaʻa is an auto accident, and we hope you never have one. But if you do, you'll know what to call it, ulia kaʻa.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 2nd

Feb 2, 2018

On the mainland, folks believe that if the groundhog comes out on February 2 and sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. Our Hawaiian word for today is aka, for shadow. You'll see more shadows than groundhogs in Hawaiʻi!

Hawaiian Word of the Day: February 1st

Feb 1, 2018

Our Hawaiian word for today is kāpena. It too is a borrowed word, and it means captain. Use it when you talk about the captain of your favorite team, or the police captain, or the ship's captain.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 31st

Jan 31, 2018

Kanu means to bury or to plant something, almost anything. If you dig a hole and put something into it, that is what you are doing.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 30th

Jan 30, 2018

Often times at vigils and some rallies, you see people carrying lighted candles. Well, our Hawaiian word for today is ihoiho, for candle.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 29th

Jan 29, 2018

Since the legislature is in session, ʻaha ʻōlelo seems to be a good Hawaiian word for today. Whether you like what they do or not, call that body an ʻaha ʻōlelo.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 26th

Jan 26, 2018

Our Hawaiian word for today is a borrowed one, and a relatively new one. Hōkē comes from the English word “hockey.” Well, it's become such a popular sport, we needed to call it something.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 25th

Jan 25, 2018

Our Hawaiian word for today is a new one: pipi kelemānia, for fresh corned beef. Pipi for beef, and kelemānia for German.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 24th

Jan 24, 2018

Our Hawaiian word for today is kinipōpō pōhīnaʻi. Kinipōpō means “ball,” and pōhīnaʻi means “the sport of basketball.” So the ball used in basketball is a kinipōpō pōhīnaʻi.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 23rd

Jan 23, 2018

Keakapahu is how we say “Jack in the box” in Hawaiian. Keaka is a Hawaiian way of saying “Jack,” and pahu is “box.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 22nd

Jan 22, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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 17th

Jan 17, 2018

We all use postage, so today's Hawaiian word should come in handy. Uku leka is how we say postage in Hawaiian. Uku is “payment,” and leka is “letter,” so what you pay to send that letter is uku leka.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 16th

Jan 16, 2018

Many Hawaiian words make so much sense that you can put them together yourself to make other words. Hale means “house,” and lio means “horse.” So how would you say stable? Hale lio. A stable.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: January 15th

Jan 15, 2018

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 12th

Jan 12, 2018

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, 2018

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 10th

Jan 10, 2018

For many years one of the most important products of Hawaiʻi was the hala kahiki, or pineapple. Come to think of it, the fruit which was introduced to Hawaiʻi from a foreign place does resemble the fruit of the hala, or Pandanus tree.

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