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Hawaiian Football Terms

Amy Kalili revisits some Hawaiian football terms we can learn and use, featuring the Koa of our Ânuenue Hawaiian Immersion School.

ʻO ka pôpeku, ʻo ia hoʻi ka inoa o kçia haʻuki i laha a puni ka honua.

Pôpeku = Football

ʻO ke kûlele, ʻo ke kime iâ lâkou ke kinipôpô e lele ana i mua.

Kûlele = Offense

ʻO ke kûpale, noʻonoʻo ana lâkou i ka pale kûpono i ko lâkou ʻaoʻao.

Kûpale = Defense

ʻO ke kîloi, ʻo ia kekahi mâkau nui a ka ʻalihikûlele.

Kîloi = Pass

ʻO ke kûlaʻi, ʻo ia ka hopena ke kuʻi a hoʻohina ʻia ka mea holo.

Kûlaʻi = Tackle

ʻO ka ʻaihue, ʻo ia ka lawe ʻana o ke kûpale i ka pôpô mai ke kûlele.

ʻAihue = steal = Turnover

ʻO ka ʻaiholo, ʻo ka hopena ke holo loa aku kekahi kime i ka pau ʻana     o ke kahua a loaʻa ka ʻai.

ʻAiholo = run or thrown point = Touchdown

ʻO ka ʻaipeku, ʻo ia ka loaʻa o ka ʻai ke peku ʻia ke kinipôpô i waena konu o ia mau pou ʻelua e kû ana ma kekahi ʻaoʻao o ke kahua.

ʻAipeku = kicked point = Field Goal

Eia kekahi mau kûlana ma ka ʻaoʻao kûlele.

Offensive Positions

ʻO ka ʻalihikûlele, nâna e alakaʻi i ke kûlele.

ʻAlihikûlele = Quarterback

ʻO ka hukipôpô, ʻo ia nô, huki ʻo ia i ka pôpô a hâʻawi i k a ʻalihikûlele.

Hukipôpô = pull, hike, ball = Center

ʻO ka ʻâpahu, nâna e pahu i nâ mea kûlele e loaʻa ai ke ala holo.

ʻÂpahu = pushes/shoves = Fullback

 

ʻO ka ʻâholo, lawe ʻo ia i ka pôpô a holo aku.

ʻÂholo = runner = Halfback

 

Eia kekahi mau kûlana kûpale.

Defensive Positions

ʻO ka laina, ʻo ia nâ kânaka kû ma ka laina ʻo mua o ke kûpale.

Ka Laina = the line = Linemen

ʻO ka mahikua, he koa ikaika ia ma ke kûpala ʻana.

 

Mahikua = strong, energetic = Linebacker

ʻO ka haunaku, ʻo ia ka mea e nakunaku aku i ke kûlele.

Haunaku = to root, wallow, like a boar = Nose Guard

ʻO ka noa, ʻo ia ka mea e holo noa ana i hope a kiʻi i nâ mea             kûlele e hôʻea i loko pono ana o ka ʻaoʻao kûpale.

Noa = free (to roam) = Safety

Eia mai he laʻana o ka hoʻohana kûpono ʻia o ka Hawaiʻi ma kçia     haʻuki o    ka pôpeku.

A sampling of Hawaiian Language Football.

No ke kiʻi i kâu pepa kâkoʻo, e kele aku iâ oiwi.tv/popeku.

To get a copy of the cheat sheet, visit oiwi.tv/popeku!

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