Monthly Archives: June 2015

Lolo

1. n. Brains, bone marrow. Kau ka lā i ka lolo, the sun rests on the brains [it is noon; usually now without other connotation, but formerly believed a time with great mana as a man’s aka (shadow, image) was no … Continue reading

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Lou

Hook; to hook, to fasten with a hook; to hook off.  2.  Very long fruit-plucking pole, with short sticks lashed obliquely near the end for plucking, as for breadfruit; to pluck.  3.  Pain in the side, stitch.  4.  Same as … Continue reading

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Maka Onaona

n. A sweet, lovely, or tender expression of face or eyes; also said of the eyes of the kole, a fish. Ā ua lilo ihola ʻoia i mea hoʻomakaleho mau ʻia e nā kaikamahine maka onaona o Kauaʻi, this became something much wanted … Continue reading

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Lolouila

Computer. Comb. lolo + uila. Also kamepiula, mīkini hoʻonohonoho ʻikena. Lolouila lawelima. Laptop computer. Also kamepiula lawelima. The words I choose each day are driven, frequently, by things going on in my life (#ifyouknowyouknow). Such is the case with today’s … Continue reading

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Polapola

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 … Continue reading

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Nīele

nvs. To keep asking questions; inquisitive, curious, plying with frivolous questions (often used in pejorative sense, as of a busybody asking things that do not concern him); to quiz, pump; question. Yesterday’s word, maha‘oi, is often confused with today’s word, … Continue reading

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Mahaʻoi

Bold, impertinent, impudent, insolent, nervy, cheeky, rude, forward, presumptuous, saucy, brazen. Anyone who has heard this word before knows it’s not a good thing. While boldness may be appreciated by some, it goes against the grain of acceptable behavior.  Mahaʻoi … Continue reading

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