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This blog is dedicated to Hawaiian kapa and matters related to Hawai'i nei…kuku kapa e!

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Hawaiian Word of the Day: huaka’i

huaka’i : Trip, voyage, journey, mission, procession, parade; to travel, parade. ka’i, to lead. (Pukui & Elbert, 1971)

Hawaiian Word of the Day: kilohana

kilohana: name of the outside, decorated sheet of tapa in the ku’inakapa, bed coverings; the four inner layers were white, contrasting with the decorated kilohana. Hence extended meanings: best, superior, excellent. He ali’i ke aloha, he kilohana e pa’a ai (saying), love is like a chief, the best prize to hold fast to. 2. Hillock, heap, lookout, top, view out, high point (kilo + -hana, nominalizer). (Probably Proto-Polynesian tirofanga; Tongan siofi, siofia and Samoan tilofia.) (Pukui & Elbert, 1971).

This kilohana of kapa moe is at the San Diego Museum of Art

This kilohana of kapa moe is at the San Diego Museum of Art

This kilohana is displayed at Queen Emma's Summer Palace, Honolulu

This kilohana is displayed at Queen Emma’s Summer Palace, Honolulu

Hawaiian Word of the Day: ea

ea: 1. Sovereignty, rule, independence. La Ho’iho’i Ea, Restoration Day. Ho’iho’i i ke ea o Hawai’i, restore the sovereignty of Hawai’i. 2. Life, air, breath, respiration, vapor, gas; fumes, as of tobacco; breeze, spirit. This ea, as well as ea 1,3,4, is sometimes pronounced or sung ‘ea. eamama, eaolamama. Kaha ea, to deprive of rights of livelihood. Wai ea, aerated waters. Ho’opuka ea, exhaust fumes. Ua mau ke ea o ka ‘aina i ka pono (the motto of Hawai’i), the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness. 3. To rise, go up, raise, become erect. aea, e’ea, ho’ea. Kai ea, rising sea. Ua ea kona po’o, his head was raised. 4. To smell. (Pukui & Elbert, 1971).

e ala e

e ala e

Hawaiian Word of the Day: kualena

kualena: To stretch,as tapa to free from wrinkles; taut. Fig., to concentrate the thoughts. He manawa keia a kakou e kualena ai i ko kakou mau no’ono’o, this is the time to concentrate mentally (Pukui & Elbert, 1971).

Hawaiian Word of the Day: ‘u’u

‘u’u: To strip, as leaves or maile bark; to draw in, as a line on a ship; to draw out, unsheath, as a sword…(Pukui & Elbert, 1971).

'u'u ka i'o o loko, strip the inner bark

‘u’u ka i’o o loko, strip the inner bark

Hawaiian Word of the Day: haumana

haumana:: 1. Student, pupil. apprentice, recruit, disciple. 2.Technological student, trainee, apprentice. Haumana komo hou, new student, freshman. ho’ohaumana: to act as a pupil, become a pupil; to make pupils of.


Mele i Ka Pi’apa O Hawai’i

Ka Pi’apa Hawai’i: the Hawaiian Alphabet

The Hawaiian alphabet, ka pīʻāpā Hawaiʻi, is an alphabet used to write Hawaiian. It was adapted from the English alphabet in the early 19th century by American missionaries to print a bible in the Hawaiian language.

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