Nā Māhele o ke Kino (Parts of the Body)

Let’s take a short departure from the usual flow of the program and learn the words for parts of the human body. These words were not in the vocabulary list for this section.

The best way to learn this would be to touch the part of your body that you are talking about, but obviously, if you are driving or otherwise occupied, it goes without saying that you should not try to do that. Instead, listen and repeat, and visualise in your mind the places that you are talking about.

The word “koʻu” in each phrase means “my”.

  • koʻu maka – my face
  • koʻu maka – my eye*
  • koʻu mau maka – my eyes
  • koʻu lauoho – my hair
  • koʻu – my nose
  • koʻu lae – my forehead
  • koʻu pepeiao – my ear
  • koʻu mau pepeiao – my ears
  • koʻu waha – my mouth
  • koʻu niho – my tooth
  • koʻu mau niho – my teeth
  • koʻu ʻāʻī – my neck
  • koʻu poʻohiwi – my shoulder
  • koʻu mau poʻohiwi – my shoulders
  • koʻu lima – my arm and hand (but not including the fingers)
  • koʻu mau lima – my arms and hands (not the fingers)
  • koʻu pūlima – my wrist
  • koʻu mau pūlima – my wrists
  • koʻu manamanalima – my finger
  • koʻu mau manamanalima – my fingers
  • koʻu ʻōpū – my stomach (abdomen)
  • koʻu kua – my back
  • koʻu kuamoʻo – my spine
  • koʻu piko – my belly button

*(The word is the same for both “eye” and “face”. The context of the conversation helps the listener to know which one the speaker is talking about)

  • koʻu wāwae – my legs and feet (but not the toes)
  • koʻu mau wāwae – my legs
  • koʻu kuli – my knee
  • koʻu mau kuli – – my knees
  • koʻu manamanawāwae – my toe
  • koʻu mau manamanawāwae – my toes

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You should perhaps draw a picture of a person and label all the parts so that you can properly learn them. Then take a few days or weeks to slowly learn all of the names. When you think you are ready, try the next exercise to see if you have been able to memorize them. Hoʻomākaukau!

  • my face – koʻu maka
  • my eye – koʻu maka
  • my eyes – koʻu mau maka
  • my hair – koʻu lauoho
  • my nose – koʻu ihu
  • my forehead – koʻu lae (make sure you say “lae” and not “lai”)
  • my ear – koʻu pepeiao
  • my ears – koʻu mau pepeiao
  • my mouth – koʻu waha
  • my tooth – koʻu niho
  • my teeth – koʻu mau niho
  • my neck – koʻu ʻāʻī
  • my shoulder – koʻu poʻohiwi
  • my shoulders – koʻu mau poʻohiwi
  • my arm and hand (but not including the fingers) – koʻu lima
  • my arms and hands (not the fingers) – koʻu mau lima
  • my wrist – koʻu pūlima
  • my wrists – koʻu mau pūlima
  • my finger – koʻu manamanalima
  • my fingers – koʻu mau manamanalima
  • my stomach (abdomen) – koʻu ʻōpū
  • my back – koʻu kua
  • my spine – koʻu kuamoʻo
  • my belly button – koʻu piko
  • my legs and feet (but not the toes) – koʻu wāwae
  • my legs – koʻu mau wāwae
  • my knee – koʻu kuli
  • my knees – koʻu mau kuli
  • my toe – koʻu manamanawāwae
  • my toes – – koʻu mau manamanawāwae

So how did you do? Pehea ka hana? Maikaʻi paha?
E hana kākou i kekahi haʻawina i kēia manawa.

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