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Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 25th

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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.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 22nd

Jun 22, 2018

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 21st

Jun 21, 2018

Hoʻopau means to "put an end to, finish, conclude, completely, all." To finish your work is to hoʻopau i kau hana. Hoʻopau also means "to waste," as in hoʻopau manawa – to waste time.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 20th

Jun 20, 2018

Kula has a number of meanings including: "plain, field, or open pasture." It also means "a source" and it is Hawaiian for the English word "gold." But perhaps the best known usage in English is to mean "school." Say it with a modifier, such as kula kiʻe kiʻe, a high school.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 19th

Jun 19, 2018

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, 2018

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 15th

Jun 15, 2018

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 14th

Jun 14, 2018

Hiamoe means sleep. Don’t confuse it with the Hawaiʻi creole English word, moe moe, which is used to mean "sleep" in that pidgin language. Moe moe in Hawaiian means "to lie in ambush or to lurk."

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 13th

Jun 13, 2018

Kīkākila comes from two English words. Kīkā comes from the English word "guitar." Kila is from the English word "steel." Put them together and you get the Hawaiian word for steel guitar.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 12th

Jun 12, 2018

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, 2018

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 8th

Jun 8, 2018

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

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 7th

Jun 7, 2018

ʻŌlelo means language, speech, statement, utterance, term, tidings or to speak, tell, say, talk. The Hawaiian language is the ʻōlelo of Hawaiʻi.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 6th

Jun 6, 2018

Another popular Hawaiian place name that is often mispronounced is Nānākuli. It has stresses on both the first and second syllables. It is that beautiful place on leeward Oʻahu and it means “look” (Nānā) “at me” (kuli).

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 5th

Jun 5, 2018

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, 2018

If you barbecue a lot, you probably already know todays 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 1st

Jun 1, 2018

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 31st

May 31, 2018

Awakea means “noon or mid-day.” We often hear awakea used with aloha for a greeting at that time of the day. Aloha awakea.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 30th

May 30, 2018

Our Hawaiian word for today is kahuna, a word that is so often misused. Kahuna means “priest, sorcerer, magician, wizard, minister, expert in any profession whether male or female.” In the year 1845, lawyers, doctors, surgeons, and dentists were all called kahuna.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 29th

May 29, 2018

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

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 28th

May 28, 2018

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.

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Kumu Hula Kekuhi Kealiʻikanakaʻole was raised in Hawaiian culture on Hawaiʻi island.  Her grandmother, educator Edith Kanakaʻole, was revered for her knowledge of hula and chant, and rigorous practice of those arts continues through Halau o Kekuhi, the family hula school.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Kealiʻikanakaʻole’s view of the current eruption is firmly rooted in a connection with the lava, active continually underground.   

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 25th

May 25, 2018

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 24th

May 24, 2018

Whether you are talking about the place on Maui or a shawl that is draped over your shoulders, it is pronounced Kīhei with a stress on the first vowel. It means a shawl or cape, and is a well-known destination on the Valley Isle.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 23rd

May 23, 2018

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is a place name, Hālawa. It is a well known place on Hawaiʻi, Molokaʻi and on Oʻahu.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 22nd

May 22, 2018

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, 2018

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 18th

May 18, 2018

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: May 17th

May 17, 2018

Mokuʻāina means state, as in the United States.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: May 16th

May 16, 2018

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is mokupuni. It means island, from the word moku which means “cut or severed,” and puni which means “surrounded.” So it's a piece of land cut off and surrounded by water. It is commonly used even in English conversation.

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