Glyph of the word 'uola'.


  • (adj.) hidden, secret
  • (v.) to be hidden, to be secret, to hide

A patoi li’i: e uola poiu ei…
“My precious: it hides from me…”

Notes: Happy Caturday! :D

Here’s Keli engaged in one of her favorite activities:

Keli looking for her spring.

We got a whole bunch of these special cat springs. They’re light and plastic, and their ends are not dangerous. Keli loves to chase them around and bat them about. Usually they end up under the couch. And if she’s playing with her spring and loses it, she usually comes up to me and meows, and I ask her, “Where’s your spring?” She then meows again, much concerned, and we go on a hunt for her spring.

This iku is a straightforward ikunoala, but I guess I haven’t introduced the glyph for uo yet… Huh. I’ll have to do that some day.

There is no word for “spring” in Kamakawi, so I called it a patoi, which is probably best translated into English as “hitty” or “smacky”. Referring to her spring as her “hitty” is, I think, appropriate.

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3 Responses to “Uola”

  1. Ka kavaka Anateleu ti:

    My Tao has to settle for little balls as her playthings which she loves to chase. I know where most of them are, except the ping-pong ball. I have not seen cat springs before. Happy caturday!

  2. Ka kavaka Anthony Docimo ti:

    in Kamakawi, are there any fruits that, when they fall out of a tree, bounce once?
    _patoi: 1. hitty. 2. smacky. 3. type of fruit that bounces when it falls out of a tree._ ?

    just a thought; either way, great work.

  3. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    @Anateleu: You can check them out here. Keli absolutely loves them!

    @Anthony: I’ve never thought about it before, but it seems to me that there are only two types of fruit in the world: (1) Fruit that bounces once when it hits the ground; and (2) fruit that doesn’t bounce at all when it hits the ground. Do you know of fruit that will reliably bounce more than once on regular ground when falling from a tree? Anyway, a patoi does indeed seem like a good word for it!

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