Monthly Archives: May 2015

Lae

Forehead, brow. 2. Cape, headland, point, promontory. 3. Wisdom; mental or emotional qualities. 4. An insulting term, followed by qualifiers, referring to kauä, outcasts. Do you know that the original name for Diamond Head is actually Laeʻahi, or Lēʻahi (shortened … Continue reading

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Ālaina

n. Obstacle, obstruction. Change is in the air. We collectively strive to protect our mauna — Mauna Kea, Haleakalā, and all the ʻāina that our indigenous people worldwide want to protect.  Something is in the air. There is a movement to save … Continue reading

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Hoʻomanawanui

Patience, steadfastness, fortitude; to have patience, fortitude; patient, steadfast, courageous and persevering; to try one’s patience. Now this is a word that I am sure you heard when you were growing up in Hawaiʻi. Hoʻomanawanui. Be patient. Literally, hoʻo- is a … Continue reading

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Kaumaha

1. nvs. Heavy; weight, heaviness. Fig., sad, wretched, dismal, dreary, downcast, troubled, depressed; grief. Meakaumaha loa, tragic event, tragedy. hoʻo.kau.maha To burden, load down, laden. Fig., to oppress, cause sadness or grief; sorrowful, woeful, sorry, depressed, oppressive, burdensome. Mea hoʻokaumaha … Continue reading

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Lipo

1. nvs. Deep blue-black, as a cavern, the sea, or dense forest; dim, distant; grief (see ex., haʻalipo). See kumulipo.Lipo lolohuamea, the dark depths [the unfathomable mystery of the gods]. (Probably PPN lipo.) 2. (Cap.) n. Name of a star … Continue reading

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Lili

nvs. Jealous; highly sensitive to criticism; jealousy, envy; anger and mental anguish felt if one’s loved ones are criticized. Lili punalua, see punalua. hoʻo.lili To provoke jealousy; jealous. (PPN lili.) No one particular reason for choosing this word, other than … Continue reading

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Loku

nvi. Downpour of rain; blowing of wind; to pour, of rain; to blow, as a gale; torrential. Fig., to feel deep emotion, pain, sorrow; to weep profusely; intense. Also noku. Ka ua loku, the pouring rain. hoʻo.loku To pour, as … Continue reading

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Honohono

1. n. Short for honohono kukui. (PPN hongohongo.) 2. n. The wandering Jew or dayflower (Commelina diffusa), known in many temperate and tropical countries, a creeping weed, rooting at the joints, and bearing grasslike, ovate leaves and small bright-blue flowers. (Neal 185.) … Continue reading

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Kālua

vt. To bake in the ground oven; to burn brick or lime; baked. (kā-, causative + lua, pit). We are all familiar with kā¬ua pig, or puaʻa kālua. What an ingenious way of cooking. It is the Polynesian way, as … Continue reading

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Palahē

vs. Fragile, easily torn, as rotting cloth; pulverized, smashed.  Here is a small kid time word that is commonly used to refer to an over-ripe fruit. Palahē. You know when you forget that papaya sitting out on the counter, waiting … Continue reading

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