Updated April 11, 2013
Scroll down to see the Word of the Week up to June 24, 2013.
The Word of the Day is also The Word of the Week and will be changed every Monday. For more than 1,624 Hawaiian term entries, go to to the Hawaiian Word Glossary.
pāhoehoe is the term of the day and week of Monday, April 15, 2013.
pāhoehoe. noun. Smooth unbroken type of lava. One of the three basic types of lava. The other two being ‘a‘ā and pillow lava. Contrast with ‘a‘ā (rough lava).
For the glossary entry, see pāhoehoe.
O‘ahu is the term of the day and week of Monday, April 22, 2013.
O‘ahu. place name. Unknown meaning. The third largest Hawaiian island. About 75 or 80 percent of the roughly 1.3 million residents of the State of Hawai‘i live on O‘ahu. The modern nickname of the island of O‘ahu is the "gathering place", and that makes sense since O‘ahu is by far the most populous island, but the reference book Place Names of Hawaii (PNH) says "In ancient times, however, O‘ahu was not populous and was distinctly subordinate to Hawai‘i and Kaua‘i." The PNH goes on to say that the incorrect notion that O‘ahu means "gathering place" has been compounded by the mistaken idea that the island name is composed of the subject marker ‘o and the word ahu meaning "heap, pile, collection." The meaning of O‘ahu is unknown and seemingy lost to time.
How to pronounce O‘ahu: oh–AH–hoo.
O‘ahu is usually mispronouned like ah–WAH–hoo as if the spelling was Awahu. The first letter is an O, not an A and there is an ‘okina which negates a w-glide. O‘ahu is a three syllable word; the first syllable is pronouned like how the letter o is pronounced, the second syllable is the only stressed syllable and is pronounced like the English exclamation "ah" and the last syllable hu is pronounced like the hu in the word hula. Residents of Hawai‘i commonly corrupt the pronunciation of this word by saying ah–WAH–hoo, and I find it endlessly annoying. There is no obligation to know the Hawaiian language, nor should there be, but it would be nice if every resident had some level of understanding of the Hawaiian language, so as to help perpetuate Hawai‘i as a distinct and different place. Otherwise it might as well just be California or Florida. I'm not saying they have to be fluent Hawaiian speakers, God knows I'm far from that, but if you use a Hawaiian word, you should pronounce it correctly and getting residents to correctly pronounce O‘ahu would be a good start. Then, maybe we can get people to stop saying Hanalulu.
See the O‘ahu entry in the Hawai‘i Place Names Category.
For the glossary entry, see O‘ahu entry.
waina is the term of the day and week of Monday, April 29, 2013.
waina. noun. Wine. Transliterated from the English "wine."
See the waina entry in the Food & Drink Category.
waina. noun. Depository. Used in the Hawaiian name of the Punchbowl crater, an extinct volcanic tuff cone located in Honolulu. Since 1948, Punchbowl has been the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The Hawaiian name for the Punchbowl is Pūowaina. Pūowaina means "hill (pū) of (o) deposits (waina)", a reference by the Hawaiians to the human sacrifices for which this place was used. Compare waihona.
For the glossary entry, see waina entry.
ha‘aheo is the term of the day and week of Monday, May 6, 2013.
ha‘aheo. noun. Pride, vanity, haughtiness.
ha‘aheo. intransitive verb. Proud, to cherish with pride, haughty. This word is used in the title of the textbook shown above called Ka Lei Ha‘aheo by Alberta Pualani Hopkins and published by the University of Hawai‘i Press. This text book is used for the Elementary Hawaiian Language and Intermediate Hawaiian Language classes at the University of Hawai‘i and its Community College system. Ka Lei Ha‘aheo means "The Proud Lei (garland)."
For the glossary entry, see ha‘aheo.
‘ae is the term of the day and week of Monday, May 13, 2013.
‘ae. interjection. Yes. Contrast with ‘a‘ohe (no), ‘a‘ole (no).
‘ae. transitive verb. To consent, confirm, agree, permit, allow.
For the glossary entry, see ‘ae.
wai hau is the term of the day and week of Monday, May 20, 2013.
wai hau. noun. Ice water.
For the glossary entry, see wai hau.
pa‘akai is the term of the day and week of Monday, May 27, 2013.
pa‘akai. noun. Salt. Pa‘akai is comprised of two words "pa‘a" and "kai." Literally "firm sea" or "solid sea."
See the pa‘akai entry in the Food & Drink Category.
For the glossary entry, see pa‘akai.
haku‘āina is the term of the day and week of Monday, June 3, 2013.
haku‘āina. noun. Landowner; landlord. Literally means "land lord." Kamehameha Schools and the Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop Estate is the largest private land owner in Hawai‘i, owning about 10% of all the land in the State of Hawai‘i. Learn more about the formation of the Kamehameha Schools and the Bishop Estate at this link about Bernice Pauahi Bishop's legacy. I completely support Kamehameha Schools because it is a private organization. I believe that they take no government money what so ever. In fact, Kamehameha Schools reduces the budgetary obligations of the State of Hawai‘i by relieving it of having to pay for the education of about 6,500 children from K through 12. There is some controversy about their admissions policy, but because they are a private institution, I believe they should be allowed to admit students using any parameters they like, even race.
See the haku‘āina entry in the Occupations & Social Status Category.
For the glossary entry, see haku‘āina.
‘Amelika is the term of the day and week of Monday, June 10, 2013.
‘Amelika. place name, stative verb. America, American. Transliterated from the English "America."
See the ‘Amelika entry in the Non-Hawaiian Place Names Category.
For the glossary entry, see ‘Amelika.
pahu i‘a is the term of the day and week of Monday, June 17, 2013.
pahu i‘a. noun. Aquarium, fish tank. Literally "fish tank." For aquarium in the sense of a institution or exhibition building, see hale hō‘ike‘ike i‘a.
For the glossary entry, see pahu i‘a.
waiū is the term of the day and week of Monday, June 24, 2013.
waiū. noun. Milk; breast. Literally "breast (ū) liquid (wai)." The picture shows chocolate milk. For the Hawaiian word for chocolate, see kokoleka.
For the glossary entry, see waiū.