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Hawaiian Word of the Day: I-L

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Hawaiian language

Hawaiian Word of the Day: I-L

Here are some common Hawaiian words along with videos on how to pronounce them. Remember, many Hawaiian words have multiple meanings.

inu – drink

kaha – to mark or carve

kahakai – beach, seashore

kahawai – stream, river

kahi – place

kahi holoi pā – basin, sink

kahua – foundation, base, platform

kaikaina – younger sibling of the same sex

kaikua’ana – older sibling of the same sex

kama – child

kama’āina – child of the land, local

kama’ilio – talk, discuss

kāmau – to continue, to strive

kaona – hidden meaning

kapuahi – stove

kau – place something on top of something else

kāu – yours

kaula’i – to put out to dry

kāwele – towel, to wipe

kāwele pā – dish towel

kāwele pepa – paper towl, napkin

– tea

kī’aha – drinking glass, cup

ki’i – pictures

kipa – to visit or spend time with someone

ko’a – coral, coral beds

koko – carrying net

kopa – soap

kope – coffee

kuke – cook

kuleana – responsibility, right, privilege

kupuna – grandparent

– sun, day

lā’au – any type of plant growing in Hawaii

laulima – many hands, cooperation

loea – skill, ingenuity

lomilomi – to rub, squeeze, and massage the limbs to help ease pain

lumi – room

lumi – room

lumi ‘ohana – family room

lumi kuke – kitchen

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