Leyatiki

Glyph of the word 'leyatiki'.

Leyatiki

  • (nm.) one of the ten tribal names of Kamakawi

Iko i leya ti Polao Leyatiki.
“This is a rock by Polao Leyatiki.”

Notes: Well, no it’s not, but I really ran out of inspiration for this sentence. It seemed like a good idea, but I couldn’t really connect the picture with the name. Here’s the picture, though:

A fancy rock.

It’s a pretty cool rock. There are a bunch of them. (More to come!)

Leyatiki is one of the ten tribal names of Kamakawi. These are the ten “prestige” names—the names of the ten original tribes that made their way to the modern Kamakawi islands. There are other names, sure, but they’re not revered the way these are. It’s a tradition, these names, and, as such, is precisely as neat and as silly as any other tradition. And, like other traditions, it persists because people want it to persist. So there it is.

The derivation of this particular name should be pretty clear, consisting, as it does, of the words leya and tiki. The iku is kind of a combination of the two, with little bits added to differentiate it. Others of these names are less transparent. And they too will be up here, in time. As for now, I’m going to enjoy the fact that it’s only one in the morning, when it feels like two. Thank you, daylight savings! :D

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