ihu: Nose, snout, beak, bill, trunk of an elephant, to of a shoe. A kiss. Prow or bow of a canoe or ship. Thick end of a pearl shell shank.
iki: small, little, slightly. A little, trifle. Not at all (with a negative).
pohu: Calm, quiet. Calmed, quieted, soothed. To calm down, become quiet. A wind associated with Kona, Hawai’i.
luku: Massacre, slaughter, destruction. To massacre, destroy, slaughter, lat waste, devastate, exterminate, ravage.
āulu: rough, raging, as sea or wind. To injure, harm, rage. To grow. A tall endemic tree (Pisonia sandwicensis) with large, oblong, dark-green leaves; small, rounded flower heads; narrow, sticky fruits; and very soft wood.
Aloha Pōʻalima/Friday 10.25.19
oki: To stop, finish, end. Extraordinary, wondrous, superlative, much (but not always in an unfavorable sense, sometimes with idea: not at all, none, all gone). To take effect, as ‘awa intoxication.
koene: To edge away, back away, creep, move cautiously and carefully, as a frightened or feeble person.
waena: Middle, between, center, central, intermediate, medial. Mean, average. Cultivated field, garden, vegetable plot.
kuiki: Quilting. To quilt.
kānāwai: Law, code, rule, statute, act, regulation, ordinance, decree, edict. Legal. To obey a law. To be prohibited. To learn from experience. Figuratively, ti leaves, as used in religious ceremonies as a plant respected by spirits. Since some early laws concerned water (wai) rights, some have suggested that the word kānāwai is derived from wai, water. This seems doubtful in view of the many ancient edicts of gods that have no relation to water.
huhū: Angry, offended, indignant, mad, scolding. Anger, wrath. To scold, become angry.
waʻu: To grate, scrape, scratch, rasp, claw, wear away by friction. Grater, scraper, as of cowry or other shell.
Aloha Pōʻalima/Friday 10.04.19
kani: Sound or noise of any kind. Pitch in music. To sound, cry out, ring peal, jingle, tinkle, toll, whir, resound, reverberate. Roar, rumble, crow, resonance. To strike or tick, of a clock, to sing, as birds. Voiced. Strong, hard, tough.
kiʻi: Image, statue, picture, photograph, drawing, diagram, illustration, likeness, cartoon, idol, doll, petroglyph. Features, as of a face. Plans, as for a house. Carved, as end of an ‘auamo pole. To fetch, get procure, send for, go after, summon, attack. To seek for sexual ends. To try and, go and. Hula step: one foot points to the side, front, and back. Then the other foot does the same. Orange fruit and tree. Gesture, as in hula.
ō’pū: Belly, stomach, abdomen, tripe, giblet. Bag, as of a net. Gizzard, bladder, crop of a bird, maw of a animal, womb. Disposition.
pa’ihi: Clear, bright, cloudless. Neat, tidy, well dressed in one’s best. To honor. Set, as a ship’s sails.
kipona: Intense. To intensify, usually but not always pejorative, often followed by a qualifier. Translations vary greatly and depend on context. Very common in Kelekona. Distress, pain. Own. To make a hollow or round opening, like the eye socket. Hollow. Mixed, mingled. Varying in color or texture, as of the sea. To add to, as something of different character, as ferns to a lei.
‘ēheu: Wing, as of a bird, kite, or airplane. Winged, soaring on wings. To fly, take wing. Rim of a hat. Pectoral fin, as of a shark. Flipper, as of a turtle.
Kaʻahumanu – Words & music by Alice Namakelua
He nani ʻo Hana i kaʻu ʻike
ʻĀina ʻoluʻolu uluwehiwehi
ʻĀina piha ʻoe i ke aloha
A he wahi poina ʻole ʻia naʻu
Ke ku mau no a Kaʻuiki
A he puʻu kaulana no ka ʻāina
He aloha Ka’uiki a e ku nei
Ke one hānau o Kaʻahumanu
Haʻina ka inoa a i lohe ʻia
ʻO Kaʻahumanu no e ō mai
Beautiful is Hana in my sight
Land cool and lush
You are a land filled with love
A place I’ll never forget
There stands Kaʻuiki
A famous hill of the land
Beloved is Kaʻuiki that stands there
The birthplace of Kaʻahumanu
Tell the name and let it be heard
O Kaʻahumanu, do answer
uku: Pay, payment, wages, fee, fare, toll, commission, reward, recompense, compensation, remittance, tuition, prize, fine, tax, installment, tribute. To pay, remunerate, compensate, repay, revenge. A deep-sea snapper.
lapaʻau: Medical practice. To treat with medicine, heal, cure. Medical, medicinal.
‘ohana: Family, relative, kin, group. Related. To gather for family prayers (short for pule ‘ohana).
hilo: To twist, braid, spin. Twisted, braided. Threadlike. Faint streak of light. Capitalized, the first night of the new moon. Capitalized, name of a famous Polynesian navigator for whom the city and district of the Big Island may have been named. Hilo grass. Gonorrhea. A running sore. A variety of sweet potato. (iwi hilo: Thighbone, femur, the last rib bone. Poetically, the very core of one’s being).
pawa: The darkness just before dawn, predawn. Smooth, fat and sleek. Custom. Name of a star.
moku: To be cut, severed, amputated, broken in two, as a rope. Broken loose, as a stream after heavy rains, or as a sound person. To punctuate. District, island, islet, section, forest, grove, clump, severed portion, fragment, cut, laceration, scene in a play. Ship, schooner, vessel, boat, said to be so called because the first European ships suggested islands. A stage of pounded poi (such poi sticks together as a mass and can be separated cleanly, moku) from the pounding board.
Pōʻalima (Friday) 09.19.20
huaka: Clear as crystal, bright, dazzling, white, shining, flashing. Shadow, reflection.
Pōʻahā (Thursday) 09.19.19
aupuni: Government, kingdom, dominion, nation, people under a ruler. National.
Pōʻakolu (Wednesday) 09.18.19
uakea: Mist (famous at Hāna, Maui). Literally, white rain. White as mist, mist-white, white as breaking surf or snow.
Pōʻalua (Tuesday) 09.17.19
oho: Hair of the head. Leaves of plants. Fronds of ferns. To leaf out, sprout. To call out, cry, yell. Outcry. To leap up, as startled birds.
Pōʻakahi (Monday) 09.16.19
nao: Ripple. Ridge, as of twilled cloth or a tapa beater. Groove. Streak on tapa. Grain of wood or stone. Thread of a screw. Crevice, as in rocks. Grooved. To thrust the hands into an opening, as in fishing. Dark-red dye. Red. A variety of taro.
Lāpule (Sunday) 09.15.19
koana: Spacing, space, as between rows of stitching in a quilt. Width of pandanus strips used in plaiting, weft. Bruised or parched spot on fruit, as breadfruit.