Glyph of the word 'kopu'.


  • (n.) hand
  • (v.) to touch, to feel (something)
  • (prep.) against

Au fiti kopu.
“Your hands are cold.”

Notes: It’d depend on context here; could mean “My hands are cold.” Anyway, this is the Kamakawi word for hand. It seems more fitting than English “hand”; don’t know why. In the coming days, you’ll see how it relates to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The iku is a straight-up ikunoala comprising pu and ko. I think it looks like an oven mitt.

Oh, hey, let me tell you about this wondrous invention! It’s called the Oven Squirrel. Here’s a picture:

A picture of the Oven Squirrel.

Isn’t it darling! It’s a little wooden squirrel, and you grab him by the tail to push the oven rack in, and then latch his little ear onto the under side of the rack to pull it out!

I got one for my mother as a present, but she lost it after awhile (she couldn’t appreciate something like the Oven Squirrel the way I can). Then it occurred to me—just now, in fact—that while I had no use for an Over Squirrel at the time I bought one for her, I do now! In fact, I know my wife would love an Oven Squirrel. And since she doesn’t go anywhere near my webpage, I can state here my intention to obtain her an Over Squirrel without her knowing it! Hoorah! :D

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2 Responses to “Kopu”

  1. Ka kavaka Sylvia Sotomayor ti:

    Heh, heh. Unless one of us readers tells her. How much for my silence? :-)

  2. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    I’ll get you an Oven Squirrel. How about that?

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