Hawaiian word of the day: Kaona

Updated: Jan. 18, 2019 at 1:19 PM HST
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Laiana Wong gives us our weekly Hawaiian word. Today's word is "kaona."

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Our Hawaiian word of the day is “kaona.”

The word “kaona” is defined as a hidden meaning. In Hawaiian poetry, kaona can conceal the deeper reference to a person, place or thing.

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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