Manaʻoʻiʻo

nvt. Faith, confidence; to have faith, confidence; to believe. Kumu manaʻoʻiʻo, creed. Pelika o ka manaʻoʻiʻo, covenant of faith.

I am just gonna come out and say that this is a post missionary word, it came to life as missionaries needed it when translating the bible. Faith, hope, and love.

Manaʻo – nvt. Thought, idea, belief, opinion, theory, thesis, intention, meaning, suggestion, mind (Mat. 22.37), desire, want; to think, estimate, anticipate, expect.

ʻIʻo – vs. True, genuine, significant, real; really, truly, surely, actually; true worth.

I love the beauty of our Hawaiian words, how they are put together to create a whole new word: Manaʻoʻiʻo – faith. A genuine belief. A true thought.

It isnt even Christmas and this word has come up several times in the past two weeks: Manaʻoʻiʻo. Faith. I have some genuine beliefs but at times I flounder and try to micromanage the outcomes when all I have to do is think of manaʻoʻiʻo. Have faith. Remind me if you see me flounder.

ʻO ka manaʻoʻiʻo, ka manaʻolana a me ke aloha – Faith, hope and love.

He manaʻoʻiʻo koʻu – I have faith.

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