HWOTD

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 15th

Dec 15, 2017

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is mana. Mana means “supernatural, or divine power, miraculous power, authority.” We often talk about people who have special mana, or powers. A leo mana is a voice of authority that is obeyed.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 14th

Dec 14, 2017

Kula kamaliʻi is how we say pre-school in Hawaiian. Kula means “school,” and kamaliʻi means “children.” Although it literally means small child, kamaliʻi is a word used only in plural form. Remember, in Hawaiian the modifier follows the noun.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 13th

Dec 13, 2017

Postcards have been around a long time, but this Hawaiian word for the postcard is quite new. It is kāleka poʻoleka.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 12th

Dec 12, 2017

Need a very generic Hawaiian word for a toll or apparatus that you might call a do-hickey in English? Try hāmea, a new Hawaiian word, and a great new word for that little thing you use, but can't remember what to call it.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 11th

Dec 11, 2017

Our Hawaiian word for today is a well-known place name on Kauaʻi, Poʻipū. It is often mispronounced because people see the first three letters as a group and pronounce it as they would poi. It means crashing, as in wave action.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 8th

Dec 8, 2017

Almost everyone knows that a doorway is a puka. But how do you say door? Try pani puka. Pani puka is the thing that closes, blocks, or covers an opening. Puka is the doorway, ke pani puka is the door itself.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 7th

Dec 7, 2017

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

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 6th

Dec 6, 2017

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is Waiʻaleʻale, the name for the wettest spot on Earth. Waiʻaleʻale is the highest mountain on Kauaʻi, and Waiʻaleʻale means “rippling” or “overflowing water,” a very appropriate name for a place with more than 475 inches of rain a year.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 5th

Dec 5, 2017

Our Hawaiian word for today is aniani, something we all see, or see through every day. A common meaning for aniani is “glass.” We modify it for special meanings, such as aniani nānā for mirror, or aniani awe for fiber glass. It can be the modifier such as pukaaniani for window.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 4th

Dec 4, 2017

Kaimukī, the name for a section of Honolulu, is another name often mispronounced by those familiar with the common Hawaiian word kai. Actually, Kaimukī means “the ti oven” and is a compound word made up of ka for “the,” imu for “oven,” and for “ti.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: December 1st

Dec 1, 2017

Our Hawaiian word for today is kēhau for “dew.” Kēhau is often seen on the grass in the higher elevations, and the word kēhau comes up often in Hawaiian songs and chants. Kēhau is also a popular given name.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 30th

Nov 30, 2017

Ānuenue means “rainbow.” It is a name given to the Kula Kaiapuni in Pālolo, the first DOE school devoted entirely to the immersion teaching of children in the Hawaiian language.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 29th

Nov 29, 2017

For those of you who have learned to tell time in Hawaiian, you will find it very handy to know that we also have a way to say both A.M and P.M. It means the same as in English, and it is written the same way. But in Hawaiian we pronounce it ʻamu and pimu.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 28th

Nov 28, 2017

Ala kalaiwa means “driveway.” You often see Ala used to mean street, path, or way. As in Ala Moana or Ala Wai. Kalaiwa means “drive,” and since modifiers follow nouns in Hawaiian, we say ala kalaiwa for driveway.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 27th

Nov 27, 2017

ʻAina kakahiaka is how we say breakfast in Hawaiian, and that is our Hawaiian Word of the Day. ʻAina means “meal,” and kakahiaka means “morning.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 24th

Nov 24, 2017

Our Hawaiian word for today is a famous Kauaʻi place name, Waiʻaleʻale. It means “rippling, or overflowing water.” Waiʻaleʻale is the highest mountain on Kauaʻi, and boasts an annual rainfall of more than 475 inches a year.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 23rd

Nov 23, 2017

Often we hear Hawaiians speak of their ʻaumakua, their family or personal god – deified ancestors who might assume the shape of sharks, owls, hawks, mud hens, octopuses, eels, mice, rats, even clouds or plants.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 22nd

Nov 22, 2017

Our Hawaiian word for today is naupaka, a native species of shrubs found in both the mountains and on the coasts. And who hasn't heard the stories about why the shrub flowers that look like half flowers?

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 21st

Nov 21, 2017

Heiau is often mispronounced by people who put in a glottal stop that doesn't belong there. A heiau is a pre-Christian place of worship, commonly referred to in English as a Hawaiian temple, or shrine.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: November 20th

Nov 20, 2017

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.”

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