Haughty, proud, conceited, rude, disdainful of others, insolent, vain; to act superior. ʻAi hoʻokano, proud eating; to eat food that one has not helped prepare.

When one acts like they are so much better than those around, that type of rudeness is hoʻokano. In my youth, if someone acted like something was not “good enough”, maybe it was food or a task or an activity, wow, would we hear it! “NO BE ALL HOʻOKANO!” Or I heard, at times, “Oh dat one, so hoʻokano!”

The opposite of hoʻokano would probably be haʻahaʻa – humble, humility. A much finer trait for living day to day.

Hoʻokano kona ʻano – his way is so haughty. He kanaka hoʻokano nō ʻo ia – She is, indeed, a rude person.

Try your best not to be hoʻokano today.

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