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Hawaiian News: Lua Pele

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BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kîlauea Volcanoʻs eruption on the Big Island has been attracting locals and visitors alike for over a quarter of a century. In our Hawaiian Language segment this morning, we learn several Hawaiian words and place names associated with this sacred site. Amy Kalili has more.

Ma kahi o ke 30 mile i ka hema o ke kaona o Hilo, e waiho nei kekahi o nâ wahi pana kaulana o Hawaiʻi Mokupuni - ʻo ka luapele. Akâ ʻaʻole laha kona inoa ʻo luapele, kapa mau ka poʻe i kçia wahi o Volcano.

About 30 miles south of the town of Hilo is one of Hawaiʻi's most noted sites, the luapele. Not many know it however by this term, most know it as Volcano.

Ua inoa mai kçlâ wahi ma muli o ka mea kaulana loa o ia wahi ʻo Volcano. Volcano Village, Volcano aha lâ, (Volcano) Golf Course, ia mau mea.

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This term is associated with many things in the area such as Volcano Village, Volcano Golf Course and the like.

ʻAʻole naʻe kâkou poina i ka huaʻôlelo Hawaiʻi no kçia wahi.

We can't forget however the Hawaiian term for this area.

Ma ka inoa ʻana o Volcano loaʻa kâ kâkou ʻôlelo ʻo Luapele.

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Our Hawaiian term for volcano is luapele.

He Pele ko Hawaiʻi nei o ka mâʻaka, a he pele ko Hawaiʻi nei o ka naʻinaʻi.

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In Hawaiian, there is Pele with a capital P and pele with a lower case p.

ʻOiai kamaʻâina kâkou i ke akua ʻo Pele, ʻaʻole paha like ka laha o ka huaʻôlelo me ka P naʻinaʻi ma muli o ka laha o ka huaʻôleo Pelekânia ʻo lava.

The lower case pele may not be as common because we are used to the word lava.

ʻAʻole hoʻi ʻo lava he huaʻôlelo Hawaiʻi. ʻO ia hoʻi, ma ke ʻano o kçlâ kahena pele e kapa ʻia nei ma ka ʻôlelo pelekania he lava. No laila he pele nô kçnâ.

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Lava however isn't a Hawaiian word. It's the english word assocaited with flowing molten rock. That is what we call pele.

No laila, he ʻelua manaʻo o ia huaʻôlelo.

So there are two general meanings to that one word.

A no laila ʻaʻole kâkou e mâwehe aʻe, e hoʻokaʻawale i kçia. E mâlama i ke kinolau, me ka hoʻomanaʻo ʻia ka moʻokûʻauhau o kçia akuawahine o kâkou.

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We shouldn't separate out the physical embodiment of this Hawaiian female diety.

A no laila, ke walaʻau hou no kçia wahi pana a me kona mau ʻano kûikawâ, e hoʻomaopopo i kçia haʻawina.

And so the next time you refer to this special place and its elements, remember this lesson.

He pele, ʻaʻole ia he lava. ʻO ka luapele kçlâ, ʻaʻole ʻo Volcano. No laila ke piʻi hou kâkou i laila, e piʻi hou kâkou i ka luapele!

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It's pele for lava. And luapele for volcano. So when we head up there again, we're off to the luapele!

ʻO au no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaiʻi News Now.

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