Pacific American-News Journal
`Aukake - August 1996 Volume 2 Issue 8
Glossary of Hawaiian Words
oral translations by Aletha Kaohi and E.
aloha (noun-transitive verb, noun-stative verb) Love,
affection, compassion, mercy, sympathy, pity, kindness,
sentiment, grace, charity; greeting, salutation, regards;
sweetheart, lover, loved one; beloved, loving, kind,
compassionate, charitable, lovable; to love, be fond of; to show
kindness, mercy, pity, charity, affection; to venerate; to
remember with affection; to greet, hail. Greetings! Hello!
Good-bye! Farewell! Alas !
`a'ole pilikia (intransitive verb) No problem, no
halau (noun) Long house, as for canoes or hula
instruction; meeting house
hele (noun-intransitive verb) To go, come, walk; going,
ho'opa'a (noun-stative verb) Drummer and hula chanter
(the memorizer); to make fast; to bind, attach, hold fast to,
keep, catch; to learn, memorize, master, study, complete, fix; to
record, as music
kai (noun-stative verb) Sea, sea water; area near the
sea, seaside, lowlands, tide, current in the sea
kokua (noun-transitive verb) Help, aid, assistance,
relief, assistant, associate, deputy, helper; co-operation; to
help, assist, support, accommodate
kumu (noun) 1. Teacher, tutor. 2. Beginning, source,
origin; starting point. 3. Bottom, base, foundation, basis, main
stalk of a tree, trunk, handle, root; hereditary, fundamental. 4.
Reason, cause, goal, justification, motive, grounds, purpose,
mahalo (noun-transitive verb) 1. Thanks, gratitude; to
thank. 2. Admiration, praise, esteem, regards, respects; to
admire, praise, appreciate.
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