Hawaiian Glossary: The Letter A
This glossary does not go from A to Z. The Hawaiian language only has five vowels and
twelve consonants, out of which twelve letters, a, h, i, k, l, m, n, o, p, t, u, and w, are represented here.
This is the glossary chapter for the letter A. Below, there are links to various
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*Words marked with an asterisk (*) are used commonly throughout the islands.
- rough clinker lava. A'a has become the correct geological term to describe this
type of lava found anywhere in the world.
- pie-shaped land divisions running from mountain to sea that were governed by konohiki,
local ali'i who owed their allegiance to a reigning chief
- friend; pal; buddy
- land; the binding spirit to all Hawaiians. Love of the land is paramount in traditional
- smart; clever; wise
- a god, or simply "divine." You'll hear people speak of their family or
personal amakua (ancestral spirit). Favorites are the shark or the pueo
- a Hawaiian chief or noble