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Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 20th

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Punahou is a very well known Hawaiian word, mostly because it is the name of one of our oldest schools, and it means “new spring.” In fact, Punahou School was named because of a spring at that location.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 17th

Nov 17, 2017

Hemolele most often heard in conjunction with things religious, means “perfect, faultless, flawless, holy, immaculate, saintly.” As in ka ʻUhane Hemolele, the Holy Spirit.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 16th

Nov 16, 2017

Pūʻolo meaning a bundle, bag, container, or a parcel is a Hawaiian word often used in English conversation. When you go home from the store, don't forget your pūʻolo!

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 15th

Nov 15, 2017

Our Hawaiian word for today is a place name, Hāmākua. It is a poetic term for kuhi loa, or “long corner.” It is all too often mispronounced.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 14th

Nov 14, 2017

Aku is known in English as skip jack tuna. Many of our listeners will say it makes the best sashimi and the best poke. Aku is one Hawaiian word used by almost everyone.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 13th

Nov 13, 2017

It's so often mispronounced that the incorrect version has become an accepted pidgin word. But our word for today is mea ʻono puaʻa, or “delicious pig thing.” It is a popular and tasty steamed or baked Chinese bun with pork inside.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 10th

Nov 10, 2017

Nui means “big, greatest, grand, important.” As in aliʻi nui. Hale nui would be a big house. And mea nui would be an important thing. Used as an adjective it follows the noun. It can also mean “many or a group.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 9th

Nov 9, 2017

We didn't have a Hawaiian word for yogurt, so we borrowed one from our cousins – the Maori people of New Zealand. That new Hawaiian word is waiūtepe.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 8th

Nov 8, 2017

Ao means “cloud.” Although there are many meanings for ao, and many other words for specific types of clouds. Remember this as a generic term for any kind of cloud.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 7th

Nov 7, 2017

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is another short phrase you can use, auē ka nani. And it means “how beautiful.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 6th

Nov 6, 2017

Our Hawaiian word for today is really a short and useful phrase, naʻu e uku. It means “my treat” or “I'll pay.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 3rd

Nov 3, 2017

While you most often hear Palani as the Hawaiian transliteration of the name Frank or Frances. It also means France or French. We don't have a lot of Palani in Hawaiʻi, but there are many in Tahiti.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 2nd

Nov 2, 2017

Heluhelu means “to read.” Helu, by itself, is to count, but re-duplicating it gives us a new word: to read. All of us can heluhelu and we do it everyday reading books, newspapers, magazines, signs, and more.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 1st

Nov 1, 2017

Hoanoho means “roommate or neighbor.” It's something we all have. It comes from hoa meaning friend, companion, colleague, mate, and noho for living, dwelling, staying.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 31st

Oct 31, 2017

Our Hawaiian word for today is a short phrase, kekahi i kekahi. It means “each other, one another.” It is often heard by folks who use it to describe how we should love one another. E aloha kekahi i kekahi.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 30th

Oct 30, 2017

Puʻunēnē is a place on the island of Maui, and a beautiful name that is all too often mispronounced. It is named for a hill – a puʻu – where you might find the nēnē goose, our state bird: goose hill.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 27th

Oct 27, 2017

Kiʻi means “picture, a photo, a doll, statue, any image.” It also means “to fetch something” and both are common usage. Such as E kiʻi ʻoe ke kiʻi – fetch the picture.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 26th

Oct 26, 2017

Luʻu means “to dive,” and it is popular thing to do in Hawaiʻi. Whether you are a student playing the card game called “Fish” or a diver out looking for a fish. Kahaluʻu then means “diving place.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 25th

Oct 25, 2017

Awakea means “mid-day,” and we often hear it in the popular noon day greeting: aloha awakea. All of the popular greetings that incorporate specific times of the day were added to the Hawaiian language in modern times.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 24th

Oct 24, 2017

ʻEleʻele is the Hawaiian word for “black.” So anything that is black can be said to be ʻeleʻele. Yes, the place called ʻEleʻele on Kauaʻi has the same meaning: black.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 23rd

Oct 23, 2017

ʻAnakē is another term we borrowed from English, and it means “aunty.” We have so many aunties in Hawaiʻi, ʻanakē should come in handy.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 20th

Oct 20, 2017

As most of you know, hapa means “half,” and nui means “larger.” So hapanui, the “larger half,” means majority. Non-Hawaiians account for more than half of the people of Hawaiʻi, so they are the hapanui.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 19th

Oct 19, 2017

Another popular place name that is often mispronounced is Maʻalaea, a bay, village, and small boat harbor on Maui. It is probably a contraction from maka ʻalaea which relates to the yellow, or red color of the Earth's beginning.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 18th

Oct 18, 2017

Nāwiliwili is a popular though often mispronounced place name on Kauaʻi. It is the site of that island's major sea port. It means “the wiliwili trees.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 17th

Oct 17, 2017

Nānā means “to look at, observe, see, inspect, pay attention to.” Nānā i ke kumu – look to the source – it's good advice!

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 16th

Oct 16, 2017

We often hear aliʻi in conjunction with pageants and other places where our chiefs are portrayed. Yes, aliʻi means “chief, chiefess, officer, ruler, monarch, king, queen.” And aliʻi nui then is the “High Chief.” Now days we often hear mōʻī for king, but he was an aliʻi nui in the old days.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 13th

Oct 13, 2017

If you listen to the weather forecasts, you will often hear the name ʻAlenuihāhā, our Hawaiian word for today. It is the name of the channel between Hawaiʻi and Maui, and is often mispronounced. It means “great billows smashing.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 12th

Oct 12, 2017

Wai means “water.” Wai is a very important thing to Hawaiians, and for that reason is included in many names – both place names, such as Waimānalo, Waikīkī, and Waiehu. And in many family and given names. Wai can be used for any type of liquid except sea water.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 11th

Oct 11, 2017

Hoʻolele means “to cause to fly.” And coupled with leo – for voice – it means “broadcast,” as we do these Hawaiian words every day on Hawaiʻi Public Radio. Hoʻolele leo – causing the voice to fly.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 10th

Oct 10, 2017

Puaʻa means “pig, swine, hog, pork.” And although it is a commonly used Hawaiian word, even in English conversation, it is often mispronounced. Say puaʻa as in kamapuaʻa. Puʻa is also another pronunciation you might hear, especially among native speakers.

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