Author Archives: Liana

Mai Kāpae i ke Aʻo

Mai kāpae i ke aʻo a ka makua, aia he ola ma laila. Do not set aside the teachings of one’s parents for there is life there. A dear friend of mine wrote a book called “ʻO Kelekolio, ka Manini … Continue reading

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Hoʻomaikaʻi

To thank, bless, render thanks, congratulate, make acceptable, praise, improve, perfect, correct; grateful, gratified, thankful.  Tomorrow, many families throughout the nation will celebrate the holiday we know as Thanksgiving. My family will set aside the stories we learned in school … Continue reading

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Hāpai

1. To carry, bear, lift, elevate, raise, hoist, holdup. 2. Pregnant; to conceive. Ironic, isn’t it, that the word for carry is also the word for pregnancy or to be pregnant – hāpai. If a wahine says she is hāpai, … Continue reading

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ʻOnipaʻa

vs. Fixed, immovable, motionless, steadfast, established, firm, resolute, determined (this was the motto of Ka-mehameha V and of Liliʻu-o-ka-lani. Lit., fixed movement. I was privileged to attend the “Commemorative Celebration of Queen Liliʻuokalani’s 179th Birthday” at Mauna ʻAla (Royal Mausoleum) … Continue reading

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Lāuli

Solar Eclipse (literally: dark day) I was watching KGMB news this morning as Mileka Lincoln (LOVE HER!) lamented the clouds obscuring the view of the solar eclipse. People gathered on the Eastern shores of Oʻahu only to be disappointed by the … Continue reading

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ʻŌlena

Turmeric Hawaiians have and continue to use plants to heal. One such plant that is commonly used to this day is ʻōlena, also known as turmeric. It’s likely you’ve had ʻōlena before, as it is a common ingredient in curry … Continue reading

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haʻawina

n. Lesson, assignment, task, gift (Rom. 11.29), appropriation, allowance, grant, or contribution, honorarium, allotment, award, as of money; donation, portion, deal or hand in cards, dream, article (section in a law). Haʻawina, the general term used for lesson, task or … Continue reading

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