Hoʻopaʻa means to “make firm” or “make fast” (recognize that paʻa word in there meaning solid or hard? Same one used in kūkae paʻa – constipation). Haʻawina is the Hawaiian word for lessons, assignment, or task. So when one makes the lesson firm, hoʻopaʻa haʻawina, they must be studying! At least that is the goal of it all, right? To those of you who are taking classes this semester to further your education, e hoʻopaʻa haʻawina me ka maikaʻi – study well! And to Jon all the way in Kenemaka (Denmark) learning how to speak Hawaiian before his big trip this summer – e hoʻomau i ka hoʻopaʻa haʻawina (continue studying).
Pono nā haumāna e hoʻopaʻa haʻawina i nā lā a pau – Students should study everyday.
Maikaʻi ka hoʻopaʻa haʻawina – Studying is good.