ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi / Hawaiian Language

UH-Hilo College of Hawaiian Language grad student awarded inaugural Makuakāne fellowship

Bruce Torres Fischer’s research will focus on phonological variations in the speech of mānaleo, native speakers of the Hawaiian language, through analyzing archival audio recordings.

Hālau Kekuaokalāʻauʻalaʻiliahi triumphs in first Queen Liliʻuokalani Keiki Hula since 2019

Hālau Kekuaokalāʻauʻalaʻiliahi, led by nā Kumu ʻIliahi and Haunani Paredes, won the Overall Kaikamahine (girls) division in the first Queen Liliʻuokalani Keiki Hula competition held since 2019.

Aunty Edith’s life celebrated with mural, U.S. quarter and shared stories at UH Hilo

The life and legacy of the late cultural icon Edith Kanakaʻole was celebrated Saturday on the Big Island with a mural, a U.S. quarter and lots of shared memories of dancing, culture, relationships and connections.

University signs featuring Hawaiian place names, knowledge win international award

Fast Company’s World-Changing Ideas Awards honor the innovative ways businesses and organizations are making the world more accessible, equitable, and sustainable for everyone.

Big Island school wins at ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange Student Video Competition

However, Maui’s Baldwin High and Highlands Intermediate on O‘ahu nabbed the competition’s top prizes at an awards gala held Tuesday morning.

‘Ōhi‘a used in Merrie Monarch lei can be returned to land without spreading disease

If hālau do have lehua or liko in their lei, the dancers can return it to the ‘āina on their own by leaving it at mile markers 12 and 16 along Daniel K. Inouye Highway on the Big island.

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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