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Hale Pai
Pacific American-News Journal

`Aukake - August 1996 Volume 2 Issue 8

 Glossary of Hawaiian Words

oral translations by Aletha Kaohi and E. Kalani Flores

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 trouble

halau (noun) Long house, as for canoes or hula instruction; meeting house

hele (noun-intransitive verb) To go, come, walk; going, moving

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, object, why

mahalo (noun-transitive verb) 1. Thanks, gratitude; to thank. 2. Admiration, praise, esteem, regards, respects; to admire, praise, appreciate.

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