HWOTD

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 16th

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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.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 9th

Oct 9, 2017

Wai wai means “goods, property, assets, valuables, value, worth, wealth.” We most often hear wai wai to mean “rich, wealth, or value,” as in the popular song “Iesū me ke kanaka wai wai,” – Jesus and the Rich Man – written by Johnny Almeida.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 6th

Oct 6, 2017

One of the Hawaiian words first learned by most non-Hawaiians is wahine for “woman.” Kāne for “man” and wahine for “woman” are often painted on restroom doors. It also means “lady, wife, female, queen in a deck of cards” and even femininity.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 5th

Oct 5, 2017

Pehea ʻoe – How are you? Pehea means “how” and ʻoe means “you.” We often hear this greeting even from those who do not speak Hawaiian. Pehea ʻoe? – How are you? Maikaʻi nō – Fine.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 4th

Oct 4, 2017

Maka means “eye, eye of the needle, face, countenance, even the lens of a camera.” It can also mean “beloved one, favorite person.” Kuʻu maka is somewhat like saying “the apple of my eye.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 3rd

Oct 3, 2017

We often hear people talk about being maʻa with something. It is a good choice of words if you are accustomed to something, familiar with it, used to it, know it thoroughly.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 2nd

Oct 2, 2017

Paʻa is a very commonly used word that can mean “firm, solid, tight, adhering, durable, fast, fixed, stuck, secure, closed,” and so much more. Paʻa ā paʻa means held fast, so hoʻo paʻa means to make fast, to bind.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 29th

Sep 29, 2017

Our Hawaiian word for today is ʻAuina lā. ʻAuina means “descending” and means “sun.” So the afternoon when the sun is setting is called the ʻauina lā. Aloha ʻauina lā is a good afternoon greeting.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 28th

Sep 28, 2017

Piʻi mele, two words that used together mean “musical scale.” Just as we sometimes call the scale do-re-mi in English, in Hawaiian we sometimes call the piʻi mele by the first three notes: pā-kō-lī.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 26th

Sep 26, 2017

Kāne is the Hawaiian word for “man.” You see this often in names like Kāneʻohe, which means “bamboo man,” and in many family names as well. It is also used for “male, husband, male sweetheart, and masculine.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 25th

Sep 25, 2017

Most people who live in Hawaiʻi know what a maile lei is, but it is one of those Hawaiian words that is all too often mispronounced. Maile is a native twining shrub with shiny, fragrant leaves, used for decorations and lei, especially on important occasions. Maile is pronounced “mai-lei,” not to be confused with the Leeward Oʻahu community called Māʻili.

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.

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.

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