Mahalo nui loa–Thank you very much Mahalo nui loa for the wonderful dinner we had yesterday evening.
Komo mai–Come in, come together People should komo mai, like people should, rather than drift apart or not form bonds of friendship or community.
Makuahine–Mother Makuahine is a great cook, and I always look forward to visits when I can taste some of her wonderful Hawaiian dishes.
Makamaka: Friend As in: He is my makamaka even in very difficult times.
Many people of Hawaiian ancestry are deeply religious. Mostly Christian, they nevertheless revere their ancestors and traditions, sometimes mixing ancient beliefs with those of Christianity. Certain words and phrases demonstrate their beliefs, especially in the Divine. As in: Aloha ke akua: God is love.
Akamai: Clever or intelligent. Doesn’t relate to book learning but more an understanding of things, an understanding of the culture and what is acceptable and what is forbidden. One authority quotes the notion that in Polynesia there is a saying, “Many are smart, few are akamai.” As in, “He enjoys … Continue reading
Kupaianaha: Wondrous A deeply spiritual, Hawaiian word, as in, “It is a kupaianaha day, filled with spiritual wonders.” The picture reflects this kupaianaha feeling, when the sun bathes the mountains before it bounces over rooftops through the valleys below.
Makahiki–Year The word is not often used in colloquial mix of English and Hawaiian, which is called pidgin. It is heard very often during the holiday season near Christmas, with the message that companions with Merry Christmas, as Mele Kalikimaka and Hauoli Makahiki Hou, or Merry Christmas and Happy New … Continue reading
Tutu–grandmother This is a word children seem to love to say, as it is pronounced too-too and is a delightful way to remember grandmother.
Pua–flower This is a word that like moana, or the word for ocean, occurs in ordinary conversation with local people and also in music. For example, the song Pua Hone, means honey flower, and is often played for hula dancers. As in: A pua of Hawaii is the hibiscus. … Continue reading