Kīkoʻolā

vi. 1. Sarcastic, rude, tart, impertinent, insolent.

Yesterday’s word, hoʻokano, referred to being haughty or conceited. Another similar word is kīkoʻolā, downright RUDE. This wasn’t a word used when I was growing up, unlike hoʻokano which was heard and used frequently. I learned kīkoʻolā when my keiki were at Pūnana Leo o Honolulu. Gosh, those were good times with Kumu Ipo, Kumu Ulu and Kumu Lolena. After taking over six years of Hawaiian language in high school and college, I must admit I never really understood until I began communicating with my own children.

Kīkoʻolā kāu hana – What you are doing is RUDE.

Keu nō hoʻi ʻoe he keiki kīkoʻolā – My goodness, aren’t you the rude child!

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