ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi / Hawaiian Language

Hawaiian Word of the Day: Ānuenue

“For me, the ānuenue represents hope, love, equality and joy. All things that we need a little bit more of in Hawaiʻi and the world today!” — UH Mānoa alumnus Kedan Waiokila Frank

Hawaiian Word of the Day: Pōpeku

Nothing says “I love Kansas City” like a classic Hawaiian Chiefs shirt. Andy Reids’ favorite shirt style can now be yours as well, according to an online sales pitch.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: Mākaʻi

Benjamin Moskowicz is Hawaiʻi County’s new chief of police, which is luna mākaʻi in Hawaiian.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: Māla

Māla Kaluʻulu on the Big Island is dedicated to restoring the ancient breadfruit agroforests that helped sustain Hawaiʻi before the Western World arrived.

Hawaiian Words of the Day: Kahua hoʻolulu mokulele

Since there was not a word for airline in the Hawaiian language, when the first plane was introduced, native Hawaiians created the word mokulele.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: Hana

Wednesday is “hump day” or the middle of the workweek for most people. So for Feb. 8, our “Hawaiian Word of the Day” is hana.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: Palaoa

The word of the day for Feb. 7 is “palaoa,” which is one of the colossal giants of the deep ocean and a necklace worn by royalty.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: Holoholona

February is Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, or Hawaiian Language Month.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: Akeakamai

In the 1980s, Akeakamai was the best-known of the “language” dolphins in Louis Herman’s animal language studies at the Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory in Honolulu.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: Heʻe

While tako is a common name for the octopus in the Aloha State, it is of Japanese origin. The Hawaiian word for octopus is he’e.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: Ho‘olaule‘a

With thousands of people expected to attend Saturday’s Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival in Waimea on the Big Island, today’s “Hawaiian Word of the Day” is ho‘olaule‘a.

Hawaiian words of the day: hōkū welowelo

We picked today’s “Hawaiian words of the day” in honor of the rare green comet that last night flew by Earth at its closest distance in 50,000 years.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: ʻŌlelo

Like most indigenous languages throughout the world, the Hawaiian language faced a significant decline due to colonization.
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