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ʻŌlelo of the Day
  1. Jun

    11

    Hawaiian Word of the Day:
Paiʻea
(
An edible crab with a soft shell;
a familiar name of Kamehameha I;
Fig., a star athlete
)

    Hawaiian Word of the Day:

    Paiʻea


    (

    An edible crab with a soft shell;
    a familiar name of Kamehameha I;
    Fig., a star athlete

    )
     
     
     
  2. May

    2

    Hawaiian Word of the Weekend:

    Ahiahi


    (

    Evening, late afternoon

    )

    No ke ano ahiahi, ke aloha lā

    Evening is the time I love when

    ʻO ka hāliʻaliʻa ʻana mai

    Fond memories come to me.

     
     
     
  3. May

    1

    Hawaiian Word of the Day:
Lei ʻāpiki
(
Naughty, mischievous lei—a name given to the ʻilima lei because it was believed to attract mischievous spirits; some did not wear this lei but others considered it lucky
)

    Hawaiian Word of the Day:

    Lei ʻāpiki


    (

    Naughty, mischievous lei—a name given to the ʻilima lei because it was believed to attract mischievous spirits; some did not wear this lei but others considered it lucky

    )
     
     
     
  4. Apr

    29

    Hawaiian Word of the Day:

    Kamakahi


    (

    An only child

    )
     
     
     
  5. Apr

    28

    Hawaiian Word of the Day:

    ʻAhaʻaha


    (

    To stand with hands on hips (considered rude and overbearing)

    )

    He aha lā hoʻi kā ia nei e kū ʻahaʻaha mai nei?

    What’s he standing here haughtily with hands on hips for?

    From Hawaiian Dictionary by Mary Kawena Pukui & Samuel H. Elbert

     
     
     
  6. Apr

    25

    Hawaiian Word of the Weekend:

    Hoʻopuka


    (

    To rise, as the sun

    )

    Hoʻopuka ē ka lā ma ka hikina.

    The sun rises in the east.

     
     
     
  7. Apr

    24

    Hawaiian Word of the Day:

    Ēhē


    (

    Syllables repeated in chants at ends of verses, affording pleasure by repetition or sameness of sound harmonizing with repetition of sameness of drum beat; similar in function to English tra-la-la but different in mood, tending to be more serious

    )

    Eia nō ʻo Kāwika, ēhē, ka heke aʻo nā pua, ēhē.

    This is David, hey, hey, the greatest of the flowers, hey, hey.

     
     
     
 
 
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