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Hawaiian Word of the Day: pono

pono: Goodness, uprightness, morality, moral qualities, correct or proper procedure, excellence, well being, prosperity, welfare, benefit, behalf, equity, sake, true condition or nature, duty; moral, fitting, proper, righteous, right, upright just, virtuous, fair, beneficial, successful, in perfect order, accurate, correct, eased, relieved; should, ought, must, necessary. Pono ‘ole, unjust, unrighteous, dishonest, unprincipled, unfair, wrong. No kou pono, in your behalf. Ka pono o ka lehulehu, public welfare. Na pono lahui kanaka, human rights. Na pono o na wahine, women’s rights. Ka pono kahiko, the old morality or moral system. Pono i ke kanawai, legal, legality. Pono ‘ole ka mana’o, disturbed, worried, upset. Me ka pono, respectfully (Pukui & Elbert, 1971).

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