HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaiian word of the day is apu. Apu is the Hawaiian name for a cup fashioned out of the halves of a shell of a coconut. Apu are traditionally used to serve awa, also known as kava, both in and outside of formal ceremonies. Used to initiate ceremonies, awa was also used recreationally, and had a mild sedative and numbing effect. Hawaii, though, is not alone in its use of the apu, as these types of coconut shell cups are found all throughout the rest of Polynesia. The Hawaiian word of the day is apu.