Kihe

1. vi. Sneeze. Cf. mauli olakiha. (PPN tise.)

Actually there are other translations for this word, mostly to do with plant names. But we will learn it this week for “sneeze.”

In English we usually say “God bless you” or Gesundheit in German. In Hawaiian we say “Kihe a mauli ola”. In other words, sneeze, and may you have long life.” Mauli ola literally means breath of life, power of healing. More often, though, people will just say ola, when someone sneezes.

So next time the person next to you sneezes, say Kihe a mauli ola or just ola. and everything should turn out alright.

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