Glyph of the word 'hela'.


  • (v.) to leap over something
  • (n.) leaping

Takeaya ei i hela!
“I’m ready for leaping!”


This is what Keli looks like when she’s about to jump:

Keli about to leap.

She makes a very particular noise when she’s preparing to jump, and then another noise accompanying her jump. She’s quite the noisy cat (the pictures don’t do this justice). One of these days, I plan to record and catalog her various noises. She must have over twenty (a decent lexicon for a cat).

The iku for hela is actually the iku for he turned 45° to the right. This was done because the two lines that form a right angle and the midline extending towards the upper left-hand corner of the cell, when turned, form something resembling la. I actually didn’t realize that that’s what I’d done when I started writing this post, but it most definitely is. Ha! How ’bout that…

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2 Responses to “Hela”

  1. Ka kavaka Anthony ti:

    if you just showed the picture, I wouldn’t have thought Keli was going to jump – she looks like she’s saying/thinking “you may pet me now.”

  2. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    Heh, heh… She’s a deceptive cat. But really, if you heard the noise accompanying the crouch, you’d know. I wonder if I can embed video here…

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