HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaiian Word of the Day is ?awapuhi. ?Awapuhi is the Hawaiian name for the ginger plant. ?Awapuhi was introduced to Hawai?i by the early Polynesian, and there are many varieties of ginger utilized throughout Hawai?i medicinally. One variety of the ?awapuhi plant is aptly named the shampoo ginger, as its sap, once squeezed from its blossom is used as a shampoo and body soap. 'Awapuhi could also be dried and pounded into a powder and used to perfume kapa. One of the The Hawaiian Word of the Day is ?awapuhi.