ʻĀina - Kualoa Ranch - 'Oahu - Hawaiian Word - Devotional

ʻĀina ~ Hawaiian Word Devotional

Today’s ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi word is ‘Āina, and it means “the land.” Aloha ‘Āina (love of the land) is a powerful core value for the people of Hawaiʻi. Here, there is a deep connection between the land and the people. In fact, the state motto is Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono. This motto is commonly translated as “The life of the land is perpetuated in …

Kākou - Umauma Falls - Big Island - Hawaiian Word - Devotional

Kākou ~ Hawaiian Word Devotional

Today’s ‘Olelo Hawai’i word is Kākou. Most of all, it is a word of unity. It refers to all of us together, inclusively, and includes the speaker. For example, in a group of people we might say Aloha Kākou! (Greetings, love and a sharing of life together is my wish for all of us, myself included.) Imagine if The Three Musketeers had been …

Kōkua - Spinner Dolphins - Big Island - Hawaiian Word - Devotional

Kōkua ~ Hawaiian Word Devotional

Today’s ‘Olelo Hawai’i word is Kōkua. It means means to help, to give aid or to give assistance. It’s exactly what Paul was talking about when he wrote today’s passage. Kōkua is all about a spirit of generosity, of putting the needs of others ahead of your own. Today’s Scripture Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one …

Mahalo - Green Sands Beach - Big Island - Hawaiian Word - Devotional

Mahalo ~ Hawaiian Word Devotional

Today’s ʻOlelo Hawaiʻi word is Mahalo! Along with aloha, mahalo is the most common ‘Olelo Hawai’i words you will hear on the islands. It means thank you. It is often modified with the words nui and/or loa which both convey the idea of big or large.  Sometimes we will say to each other here in Hawai’i Mahalo Nui or Mahalo Nui Loa! …

Aloha - Honi - Honu - Turtle - Big Island - Hawaiian Word - Devotional

Aloha ~ Hawaiian Word Devotional

Today’s ʻOlele Hawaiʻi word is Aloha! Aloha is, hands down, the most widely known of the Hawaiian words. Aloha is a word that can mean hello, goodbye or love here in Hawaiʻi. It is actually two words being put together. Alo means to share and Ha refers to the breath of life. So, to wish someone Alo-Ha is to say …