HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaiian word of the day is “Makahiki.”
The word Makahiki means year, like “ka makahiki 2017” or “the year 2017."
It also can be used to refer to a person’s age like “piha na makahiki he 9 ia Kealoha” or “Kealoha is 9 years old."
The word makahiki also refers to a traditional season that lasts four months from mid-October and mid-February.
Used in a sentence “Ua hiki mai ka wa makahiki,he wa e ho’omaha ai i ke kino” which is translated as “Makahiki season has arrived, it is the time to care for your body."
The Makahiki season was filled with sports and religious festivities and a ban on war during this time. Makahiki is a time to let the 'aina and your body rest to prepare for the upcoming year.