Hawaiʻi Vocabulary

Disc 2, Part 2: Vocabulary List

After you have heard these words a few times each, you might want to try to write them down.

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Nā ʻōlelo Pōkole, expressions

i kēia manawa = at this time
i kekahi manawa = sometimes
ma luna o = on top of, or above
ma kahi o = approximately, near to, literally: near the place of like ʻole = of all different kinds
ma ʻaneʻi = here at this place
ma laila = at that place we just mentioned
no laila = for that reason just mentioned, therefore
a pau = completely

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Nā Kikino, or noun-like words

he mokupuni = an island
he moku = a land division or sometimes an island he inoa = a name
he mauna = a mountain
he pua = a flower
he home = a home [same as English]
he makeima = a macadamia nut or mac nut tree
he kope = coffee or coffee tree
he mīkana = a papaya or papaya tree
he huaʻai = a fruit
he malihini = a visitor, someone unfamiliar with a place
he nahele = a forest
ke kai = the sea
ka uka = the upland
he kahua mokulele = an airport
he hale kūʻai = a store
he hale ʻaina = a restaurant
he kauhale = a group of buildings, a village or small town
he ʻōhiʻa = a tall strong tree that is affiliated with Pele and Hawaiʻi Island he hale = a house
he lehua = a blossom of the ʻōhiʻa tree; usually red; fig. strength

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ʻAʻano, adverbs and adjectives

nui = alot, much, large
pau = finished. Not quite the same as “a pau” kaulana = well known, famous
kahiko = ancient
loa = all the way, long, far, very
nani = pretty, beautiful
huikau = confused
maikaʻi = good
uluwehiwehi = adorned by natural beauty, verdant growth mālie = calm, tranquil, gently

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Inoa, proper names

Hawaiʻi – the name of the island, which gives its name to the state
Hawa-ʻi – an often heard alternate to the complete pronunciation
Moku o Keawe = a poetic name for Hawaiʻi island
Pele = goddess of the volcano who lives presently on Hawaiʻi
Halemaʻumaʻu = the crater in Kīlauea where Pele makes her home
Kīlauea = the active volcano on the side of Mauna Loa mountain
Mauna Loa = the long, 13,677 foot high mountain which dominates the southern end of the island

Mauna Kea = The 13,796 foot high mountain on Hawaiʻi known for its dusting with snow at certain times of the year, and its international observatories atop.

Poliʻahu = the goddess of Mauna Kea and its snow

Pāka = the name of the ranch known in English as “The Parker Ranch”

The following are all districts on Hawaiʻi island. Let’s say each one twice.

Hilo, Puna, Kaʻū, Kona Hema, Kona ʻAkau, Waimea, Kohala, Hāmākua
Kona = a name given to the dry, or leeward, sides of each of the islands
Koʻolau = a name given to the windward, or rainy, sides of the islands

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Nā Hamani a me nā Hehele, action words

huakaʻi = to travel, journey
noho = to live; to sit; to stay
nānā = to look, observe
ʻike = to see, to know
makemake = to wish for something, to desire, to want
holoholo = to travel about
ulu = to grow, as a plant grows

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