HWOTD

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 17th

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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.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 14th

Aug 14, 2017

Our Hawaiian Word for today is a beautiful Oʻahu place name, Kawaiahaʻo. And it means the water used by Haʻo. Some say Haʻo was a chief. As most of you know, it is a name for the most famous church on the island, often called the Westminster of the Pacific.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 11th

Aug 11, 2017

ʻOno is another of those very frequently used Hawaiian word understood by most people, even those who do not speak the language. ʻOno means delicious. Be sure to start it with that glottal stop, because ono without the glottal stop, is the popular and tasty fish known in English as the wahoo.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 10th

Aug 10, 2017

Even people who do not speak Hawaiian often use the word huhū. Huhū means angry, offended, indignant, mad, or scolding.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 9th

Aug 9, 2017

Wela means hot. You'll hear both wela (well-a) or wela (vel-a) as correct pronunciations, depending on the sound it follows. Wela means hot, burned, heat, temperature, but can also mean “lust” or “passion” or “feeling lust.” Wela wela is “doubly hot.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 8th

Aug 8, 2017

Makau means fishhook, something we see everyday in Hawaiʻi, even if you don't go near the water. The beautiful fishhooks carved form bone and used as a decoration about the necks of so many men and women in Hawaiʻi today are correctly called makau.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 7th

Aug 7, 2017

Makaʻu means fear, frightened, afraid, cowardly, timid, unsafe, or dangerous. Makaʻu ʻoia aʻu – “he is afraid of me,” or mai makaʻu – “donʻt fear.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 4th

Aug 4, 2017

Kahakai means beach, sea shore, sea coast, seaside, or strand. Ke kahakai o waikīkī is Waikīkī Beach, but it works just as well as a generic term: e helekako i kahakai – let's go to the beach.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 3rd

Aug 3, 2017

Ala, meaning path or way, is used in so many of our street names, that is pretty well known, and most people know that it is a redundancy to say “Ala Wai Boulevard” or “Ala Moana Boulevard.” Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is alanui, the natural extension of ala. It means a big path, or a big way, a highway or a freeway.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 2nd

Aug 2, 2017

Poko liko is another term given to an ethnic group that has settled in Hawaiʻi. Poko liko is the Hawaiian transliteration of the English words Puerto Rico or Puerto Rican. And there are many poko liko in Hawaiʻi nei.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 1st

Aug 1, 2017

Our Hawaiian word for today is another borrowed word, ʻAukake. And it is the Hawaiian word for August. Yes, it was borrowed from English, as is the case for all the names of the months.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 31st

Jul 31, 2017

Pukīkī is the Hawaiian word for the English word “Portuguese” – a group of people who arrived here by the thousands in the late 1800s.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 28th

Jul 28, 2017

Poʻe means people, persons, even an entire population. The Hawaiian people are called kapoʻe Hawaiʻi. Poʻe can also be used as a plural marker when talking about people, as in kaʻu poʻe keiki – my children.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 27th

Jul 27, 2017

Inoa means name. Koʻo inoa means “my name,” kō inoa means “your name.” So the next time you hear someone ask, “O wai kō inoa?” Just tell them what your name is.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 26th

Jul 26, 2017

We so often see kuʻuipo on Hawaiian jewelry that we tend to overlook another beautiful Hawaiian word for sweetheart. It is huapala. Literally, it means “ripe fruit,” a fruit that is ready for picking, and that's how Hawaiians call their sweetheart.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 25th

Jul 25, 2017

Another Hawaiian place name that is often mispronounced is Waiāhole. It is a compound name from wai for “water,” and āhole for a type of fish.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 24th

Jul 24, 2017

Today's Hawaiian Word of the Day is another beautiful place name: Kōkeʻe. It means "to bend" or "to wind." We all know it as the name of the beautiful state park and area on Kauaʻi.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 21st

Jul 21, 2017

Pīkake is our name for the fragrant jasmine flower, and it is also the Hawaiian word for peacock.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 20th

Jul 20, 2017

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is another frequently mispronounced Hawaiian place name: Keʻeaumoku. That well-driven street was probably named for a governor of Maui who bore the same name as his father, and ally, and father-in-law of Kamehameha the First.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 19th

Jul 19, 2017

If youʻve ever walked the beach looking for a glass ball, youʻll enjoy todayʻs word of the day: pōpō aniani which means glass ball.  Pōpō means “ball,” and aniani means “glass.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 18th

Jul 18, 2017

Koʻolau means windward. A very appropriate name for a mountain range that runs up the windward side of the island of Oʻahu. It can be used as an adjective too, to describe something that is on the windward side.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 17th

Jul 17, 2017

Koko means blood. It took on a special meaning when blood quantum was used by the U.S. government as a way to decide which Hawaiians would receive benefits and which ones would not.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 14th

Jul 14, 2017

Molokaʻi is often called the “friendly island.” And although it's well known in song and chant, it is not known for sure what the name means.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 13th

Jul 13, 2017

ʻĀkau means "north" when used as a direction. But is more commonly used to mean "right," as opposed to left.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 12th

Jul 12, 2017

Kalaupapa a beautiful place on Molokaʻi that is often in the news. It means “the flat plain” and is another one of those often mispronounced Hawaiian place names.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 11th

Jul 11, 2017

Another of those beautiful Oʻahu Hawaiian place names so often mispronounced is Mōʻiliʻili, a residential area near Mānoa. It means pebble lizard.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 10th

Jul 10, 2017

We hope you find this Hawaiian Word of the Day interesting. If you do, the word to describe your feelings is hoihoi. It means "pleasure, interest, happiness, joy, delight, enjoyment," and  much more.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 7th

Jul 7, 2017

The muʻumuʻu is often called the “Mother Hubbard” or loose-fitting dress. Don't confuse it with mumu which is a thud-like sound. The dress is a muʻumuʻu.

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