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