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Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 22nd

Sep 22, 2017

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is waiū, for “milk.” Literally, it means “breast liquid” and can also be used to mean “breast.” Waiū that's “milk” in Hawaiian.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 21st

Sep 21, 2017

Ahiahi, the Hawaiian word for “evening,” is one that calls for a glide in your pronunciation. Ahiahi is that beautiful time of  day, the late afternoon.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 20th

Sep 20, 2017

When someone asks how you are, a good response might be, “oia mau nō,” an idiom that means “same as ever, just the same.” It is often said in answer to the question, “Pehea ʻoe?

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 19th

Sep 19, 2017

Kānāwai means “law, code, rule, statute, act, regulation, ordinance." There are many famous kānāwai, like the Law of the Splintered Paddle, and many we may not like. Ke kānāwai is “the law.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 18th

Sep 18, 2017

Alapiʻi means stairs, steps, ladder, or any ascent. Even a musical scale can be called an alapiʻi mele. Be careful when you walk up the alapiʻi!

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 15th

Sep 15, 2017

We used to see so many signs that read “kapu” that people joked about Kapu being a Hawaiian who owned all that land. Actually, kapu, means taboo, prohibition, or even sacredness, or forbidden. And yes, on those signs it has come to mean “keep out.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 14th

Sep 14, 2017

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is the name of our state, Hawaiʻi. It is pronounced either as “Hawaiʻi” or “Havaiʻi.” Yes, either is okay. Language experts say you can pronounce it with a “w” or a “v” if that sound follows an “a.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 13th

Sep 13, 2017

Puakō is the name of a place on the Big Island, a beautiful place on the Kohala Coast where some 3,000 petroglyphs have been found. It means sugar cane blossom. “Pua” is blossom and the modifier “” means sugar cane.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 12th

Sep 12, 2017

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: September 11th

Sep 11, 2017

Manu means bird or any winged creature, even the wing of a kite. We have many kinds of beautiful manu in Hawaiʻi, many of them found only in Hawaiʻi, and threatened with extinction.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 8th

Sep 8, 2017

Kulanui literally means “big school.” Kulanui once meant “high school,” but today a kulanui is a university or college. The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is ke kulanui o Hawaiʻi ma Mānoa.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 7th

Sep 7, 2017

Alakaʻi means “to lead, guide, direct, a leader, a guide, or a conductor.” We usually hear it in relationship to hula, as those dancers who assist a kumu hula in leading and teaching hula dancers.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 6th

Sep 6, 2017

Kumu means “source, foundation, basis, root.” Nana i ke kumu means “to look at the source,” and we use the same word for “teacher.” O wau ke kumu -  I am your teacher.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

Hawai‘i fashion has an international profile that started with grass skirts and coconuts bras, through sarongs and Shaheen’s silks, then mu‘umu‘us, aloha shirts, and jams of the later twentieth century.  Contemporary local fashion is now emerging and this week, for the first time, a native Hawaiian will debut his collection in New York’s Fashion Week.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 5th

Sep 5, 2017

Although it is often mispronounced,  muʻumuʻu is one of the best known of Hawaiian words. It means “cut off, shortened,” and is the name so often given to a large fitting gown, because the yoke was often missing, and the sleeves short. It's first meaning, however, is “amputated, maimed.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 4th

Sep 4, 2017

Haʻahaʻa means “lowly, humble, unpretentious, modest, and unassuming.” Remember it as a good way to sign off a letter – me haʻahaʻa – with humility.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 1st

Sep 1, 2017

Our Hawaiian word for today is another borrowed word, kepakemapa. And yes, it’s the Hawaiian word for “September.” Like other names of the months, it was borrowed from English.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 31st

Aug 31, 2017

Kahaluʻu, the proper name for a beautiful Windward Oʻahu location. It means diving place. Kaha is “place” and luʻu is “diving.” Be sure to sound the glottal stop, or ʻokina.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 30th

Aug 30, 2017

Waihona is a depository. It can be a closet, a file, even a bank – any place for laying up things for safekeeping. A waihona noʻo noʻo, or place to store thoughts, for example, is your mind.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 29th

Aug 29, 2017

means to cry, weep, lament, or to mourn. You might hear a mother say, “Mai ʻue” – don't cry – or you might use it to discuss the reactions of the Hawaiians to the loss of their Queen: ʻue nakanaka – the people weep.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 28th

Aug 28, 2017

Mākaukau means able, competent, capable, skilled, expert, prepared. We often hear a kumu hula call out that one word question to her students – “Mākaukau?” – and the answer is always ʻae – yes.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 25th

Aug 25, 2017

Our Hawaiian Word for today is kau wela. Kau means “season,” and wela is “hot.” Yes, summer is the hot season, even in our beautiful Hawaiʻi nei.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 24th

Aug 24, 2017

Pāʻia means noisy. It is best known as a small town in East Maui, and because it is so often misspelled, it is mispronounced.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 23rd

Aug 23, 2017

Lāʻie is one of the most often mispronounced Hawaiian place names on Oʻahu. It means the ʻie leaf.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 22nd

Aug 22, 2017

Ask any fourth grader, “What is Hawaiʻi's state bird?” and you will hear nēnē. Nēnē, the endangered Hawaiian goose, still lives in the wild on Maui and on the Big Island.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 21st

Aug 21, 2017

Another very commonly used Hawaiian word is nani. Nani means beautiful. It is often used in names as in pua nani for “beautiful flower.” Nani nō ʻoe – you are beautiful – is a nice expression we hope you hear everyday.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 18th

Aug 18, 2017

Nahu means to bite. And it can be the bite of anything – from an insect that bites, to the bite of a dog, or even the bite you take out of a piece of cake.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 17th

Aug 17, 2017

We often hear kakahiaka as part of aloha kakahiaka, a greeting early in the day. And most know it means morning. The popular greeting came in to use only after the arrival of the poʻe haole, as a translation for “good morning.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 16th

Aug 16, 2017

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is koa and most of us know it because of the fine things made from the koa tree: canoes, calabashes, furniture, jewelry, ʻukulele, and more. Yes, it is the name of the large native hardwood tree, but koa also means brave, bold, fearless, soldier, warrior, hero, and much more.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 15th

Aug 15, 2017

Kai, for ocean, is another of those short, simple Hawaiian words used by so many who do not speak the language. It is part of many names such as: Kai Nalu, Kai Nehe, Kai ʻOlu, Kai ʻOli, Kai Oʻo, and even Hawaii Kai. And it is often mispronounced.

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