Our Hawaiian word of the day is "kaona," which is defined as a hidden meaning. In Hawaiian poetry, kaona can conceal the deeper reference to a person, place or thing.
Let's practice using kaona in a sentence: "Nani ke kaona o ke mele," or beautiful is the hidden meaning in this song.
The use of kaona in speech displays the craftiness and ingenuity of our Hawaiian people and is a common experience when listening to our kupuna and native speakers.
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