This is a familiar word to many. Most often heard in days gone by during hula practices or performances, as I recall. The kumu would yell out, "Mākaukau". And the dancers would reply, "ʻAe". Sometimes one would hear, "Hoʻomākaukau". Remember the hoʻo-? Get ready! Literally "to cause readiness".
If someone is mākaukau in a sport or profession they are really good at it. What are you mākaukau at doing? I know there is something! Let me know in the comment section below. Here is mine:
Mākaukau au i ka huakaʻi hele - I am proficient at traveling.
ʻAʻole au mākaukau i ka ʻūlū paiki - I am not adept at packing suitcases.
Liana has spent her life, since 10th grade at least, learning the Hawaiian language. After teaching the language, culture, and history for over 20 years, she has switched to teaching technology and integrates the Hawaiian language and culture into 21st century skills whenever possible.
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