Hawaiian Word: Makahiki

Updated: Feb. 1, 2019 at 11:23 AM HST
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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.

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