Wednesday, December 18, 2013


nit; louse egg.

Okay, this is sort of a play on yesterday's word, liʻa, or desire. If you pronounce it incorrectly, then instead of referring to your "craving", you might be calling him/her an ʻuku egg. That's right. Lia, without the ʻokina, is an ʻuku egg. A nit. Louse egg, as they say in the other 49 states.

Ua ʻike au i ka lia ma kona lauoho - I saw ʻuku eggs in her hair.
Pilikia ka lia - ʻUku eggs are a problem. (and take it from me. They are. Not fun.)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


1. nvt. Strong desire; yearning, amorous; to wish for ardently, crave.

I absolutely LOVE that Hawaiian has several words for desire or to crave someone...
says something about the language and its attention to this strong emotion to be in the midst of someone, whether it is true love or a hormonal fog...

Kuʻu liʻa - my craving.
ʻAuhea ʻoe e kuʻu liʻa - where are you, my desire.