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Hawaiian Word of the Day: ha’aha’a

ha’aha’a: low, lowly, minimum, humble, degraded, meek, unpretentious, modest, unassuming, unobtrusive, lowness, humility. lani ha’aha’a. Ha’aha’a loa, minimum, servile, abject. ‘O wau no me ka ha’aha’a, I am humbly yours [formerly a common closing to a letter]. He ho’olimalima makahiki ha’aha’a, minimum annual rental. Ka pu’ulu ha’aha’a iho o na koi, lower group requirements. ho’oha’aha’a. To lower, debase, humiliate, humble, disgrace, underrate, belittle; humble, lowly, modest. Ho’oha’aha’a aku, to condescend. E ho’oha’aha’a ‘ia ho’i ka mana’o ki’eki’e o ke kanaka, the haughtiness of men shall be made low. (Pukui & Elbert, 1971).

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