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Today’s Ten Hawaiian Words for the Day


Halawai – A meeting

Hana – Work

Hapa – A portion; a fragment; a person is often called Hapa if they are ½ Hawaiian and ½ Irish, etc.

Hapai ka pohaku aka  mai hapai ke kaumaha – King Kamehameha’s saying “Lift the rock but not the weight, and not the burden.

Hoe – Paddle used on outrigger canoe

Holomua – Improvement; progress 

Ho’o – Not a complete word on its own but a prefix that adds activity, causation, and transition to the base word that follows it     

Ho’ ohana –  Working with intent and purpose

Ho’ohanohano – Honor and dignity of others; conducting yourself with distinction; cultivating respectfulness

Ho’okini – Keeping promises


CITE: MANAGING WITH ALOHA: Bringing Hawaii’s Universal Values to the Art of Business by Rosa Say








Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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