HWOTD

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 18th

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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, 2018

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 16th

Jul 16, 2018

Waikīkī means “spouting water” and was reportedly named for the swamps later drained to from the Ala Wai canal.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 13th

Jul 13, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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 9th

Jul 9, 2018

Mele means "song, anthem, or chant of any kind; a poem; or to sing or to chant." Na mele o Hawaiʻi nei means “the songs of Hawaiʻi.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 6th

Jul 6, 2018

Hapa is most often used in English conversation to describe something that is mixed or part of something. And although, it comes from the English word “half,” it means portion or part. We hear hapa used in hapa Hawaiʻi for part Hawaiian, or hapa haole for part foreign.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 5th

Jul 5, 2018

Manō means shark. Every so often a manō is in the news in Hawaiʻi. The manō is also an ʻaumakua, or family god to some Hawaiians.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 4th

Jul 4, 2018

Today is the day that the United States celebrates its independence. So our Hawaiian word for today is ea. Ea means "independence, sovereignty, rule, life, air, breath."

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 3rd

Jul 3, 2018

Manaʻo means "to think, thought, idea, belief, meaning, opinion, suggestion." We often talk about our manaʻo, and we often share our manaʻo with our friends.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 2nd

Jul 2, 2018

Another beautiful Hawaiian name that is so often mispronounced is Kalanianaʻole and it means “the chief without measure.” It is a name given to so many prominent landmarks and the one that seems to give a lot of trouble to people in the broadcast media.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 29th

Jun 29, 2018

Nūpepa is another Hawaiian word that comes from the English word newspaper. Did you know that there have been more than fifty Hawaiian language newspapers published in the Islands? Think about that the next time you read your morning nūpepa.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 28th

Jun 28, 2018

Puke is from the English word for "book." You can modify the word to describe it in greater detail; for example, a puke vehe vehe ōlelo is a dictionary – a book to explain words.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 27th

Jun 27, 2018

Pūpū is the name for marine and land shells, such as pūpū o Niʻihau: Niʻihau shells. It is also the Hawaiian word for appetizers, and that is how we most often hear it used.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 26th

Jun 26, 2018

Hōkū means "star," and is often used in names such as Hōkūlea, the star of gladness, or Na Hōkū, the local recording industry awards program. Be sure to include the stresses, for it takes on a different meaning if you do not.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 25th

Jun 25, 2018

Although kōlea has many meanings, the most common perhaps is as the Hawaiian name of the Pacific Golden Plover - a bird that arrives in Hawaii in August or September, and returns to the Arctic in April or May.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 22nd

Jun 22, 2018

Hiapo means "first born." It is used often in Hawaiian to describe the eldest child, the first born. Like many cultures, there is a special significance attached to being the first born, or hiapo, in a Hawaiian family.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 21st

Jun 21, 2018

Hoʻopau means to "put an end to, finish, conclude, completely, all." To finish your work is to hoʻopau i kau hana. Hoʻopau also means "to waste," as in hoʻopau manawa – to waste time.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 20th

Jun 20, 2018

Kula has a number of meanings including: "plain, field, or open pasture." It also means "a source" and it is Hawaiian for the English word "gold." But perhaps the best known usage in English is to mean "school." Say it with a modifier, such as kula kiʻe kiʻe, a high school.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 19th

Jun 19, 2018

Today’s Hawaiian word of the day is one of the most commonly used of Hawaiian words, Lani. It means "sky, heaven, or heavenly," and can also mean "spiritual." Lani is part of many proper names, such as Leilani for “heavenly lei.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 18th

Jun 18, 2018

Many of our visitors to Hawaiʻi come from Japan, and we call them kepanī. It is, as you may have guessed, a transliteration of the English word "Japanese."

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 15th

Jun 15, 2018

Mākaukau means "able, competent, prepared." You often hear this word called out by chanters who are asking the hula dancers if they are ready. The answer is always ʻae, for yes.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 14th

Jun 14, 2018

Hiamoe means sleep. Don’t confuse it with the Hawaiʻi creole English word, moe moe, which is used to mean "sleep" in that pidgin language. Moe moe in Hawaiian means "to lie in ambush or to lurk."

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 13th

Jun 13, 2018

Kīkākila comes from two English words. Kīkā comes from the English word "guitar." Kila is from the English word "steel." Put them together and you get the Hawaiian word for steel guitar.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 12th

Jun 12, 2018

Papaheʻenalu. Well Papa can mean a "board or almost any kind of flat surface." Adding heʻenalu to it makes it a surfboard. Heʻe means "to slide or surf," and nalu means "wave." Put it all together and you get a surfboard.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 11th

Jun 11, 2018

Kūkulu means to build or construct, or erect as a house. You can also use kūkulu to mean set up, such as a tent, or to found, such as a society.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 8th

Jun 8, 2018

Hungry? In Hawaiian we say pōloli. It means hungry, hunger, famine.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: June 7th

Jun 7, 2018

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

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