Hawaiian Word of the Day: Elieli

Hawaiian Word of the Day: Elieli

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Aloha e na a?a kupa?a o ka honua. ?O Laiana Kanoa-Wong keia me ka hua?olelo o ka la. Our Hawaiian word of the day is "?Eli?eli" e hoa?o pu kakou, "?Eli?eli." Kupono! The word ?Eli?eli is a reduplication of the word ?eli which means to dig, ?eli?eli is figuratively used to describe something firmly rooted, profound, and deep. Used in an ?olelo no?eau "?Eli?eli kulana o ?Aina?ike" this ?olelo no?eau is translated as "Profound is the nature of ?Aina?ike" this phrase is used to describe a person that is respected for his knowledge. The phrase "?Eli?eli kau mai" is heard near the end of prayers to ask for profound reverence to descend from above. E ola mau ka ?olelo Hawai?i, aloha!

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