Napoʻo ʻana o ka lā

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Beautiful sunset, huh? Did you notice all those people standing on the beach watching it? That was the first time I’ve ever had to wait in line to see a sunset!

Makes me wonder if those tourists take the time to watch the sun set when they are home or if they ONLY do that on vacations?

By the way, I found today’s blog title on a Hawaiian language translation website:
“Napoʻo ʻana o ka lā” means “sunset.”

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Speaking of the Hawaiian language…..

Today we were given a quick Hawaiian language lesson by our tour guide, so I’m going to pass this along to you too.

(I KNOW how much you enjoy learning new languages, right? Now you will be able to pronounce all the Hawaiian words I’m going to throw at you in the next couple of weeks!)

Hawaii is the only state in America to have two official languages – English and Hawaiian.

In order to speak Hawaiian, it is helpful to understand the alphabet first- it has only 13 letters! (8 consonants and 5 vowels)

Consonants:

H, K, L, M, N, P, W and V

Vowels:

A – pronounced like the a in far

E– pronounced like the e in bet

I – pronounced like the ee in beet

O – pronounced like the o in sole

U – pronounced like the oo in boot

Let’s practice a bit:

ahi (AH-hee). Tuna. (Bet you didn’t know you already knew some Hawaiin, did you?)
hale (HAH-lay). House.
kahakai (kah-hah-KIE). The beach.
kahuna (kah-HOO-nah). Hawaiian priest. (Remember this word from 1960 beach movies?)
luau (loo-OW). Hawaiian feast, party. (Bet you knew this one too)
mahimahi (mah-hee-MAH-hee). Fish
mahalo (MAH-ha-lo). Thank you.
nani (NAH-nee). Beautiful.
pua (POO-ah). Flower
pupu (POO-poo). Hawaiian appetizer
wahine (wah-HEE-neh). A female.

If you want even more Hawaiian language lessons try THIS audio/slide presentation.

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“Softly the evening came. The sun from the western horizon like a magician extended his golden wand o’er the landscape; Trinkling vapors arose; and sky and water and forest Seemed all on fire at the touch, and melted and mingled together.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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