nvi. Recovered from sickness; well, after sickness; to get well, convalesce; filling out, as after loss of weight; sprouting, as a bud. Polapola iki, a little better. ho’o.pola.pola To cure, make get well; to fill out, as after sickness.
Everyone seems to be getting or recovering from an illness, either a sore throat, a cold, flu. Several of my friends are down and out this week. Then there are those whose illnesses are a bit more serious. Insert a sad face here because being under the weather SUCKS! I hate it. But there is nothing like being sick that makes you realize how fabulous good health is.
I thought it might be useful to learn today’s word: Polapola. In English, when someone is recovering from illness, we just say that they are getting better, recovering, getting well. In Hawaiian polapola is just the word you’re looking for when you want to say that you or someone you know is getting better. And what happens frequently when we get sick is that we lose weight (one aspect of getting sick that I welcome) and a lot of people just don’t look the same until they start “filling out” again. When that starts happening, you can refer to the “filling out” as polapola.
Here are some sentences you might choose to use:
Ke polapola nei ‘o ia.
S/he is getting better.
Ua polapola maika’i ko’u hoa.
My friend recovered well.
E polapola ana au.
I am going to get better.
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