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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 kī for “ti.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.”