Glyph of the word 'tainu'.


  • (n.) mahimahi (or dolphinfish)

Hava ue i tainu uomoko!
“We’re eating mahimahi tonight!”

Notes: This is the famous Hawaiian fish, noted for its taste. You’ll find it everyone on the islands, and many places on the West Coast (though apparently you can catch it in the Atlantic). It’s a good-tasting fish, I’ll avow. The actual fish look funky, though (as reflected in the iku). They have a huge head and a dorsal fin that looks like a mohawk.

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3 Responses to “Tainu”

  1. Ka kavaka rikchik ti:

    Have we discussed this before? When I made my constellation symbols (http://www.suberic.net/~dmm/astro/constellations.html) I had some fun figuring out how to differentiate the different fish, including Dorado (the dolphinfish). Compare it with Cetus, Delphinus, Piscis Austrinus, and Volans (the whale, dolphin, southern fish, and flying fish respectively).

  2. Ka kavaka rikchik ti:

    Ah yes, it came up with Ki’o (http://dedalvs.com/kamakawi/wotd/2011/03/kio/). Sorry to repeat myself. I’ll try not to make the same comment when you post your words for whale and dolphin :)

  3. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    Word for whale: ielou. :) And indeed, I haven’t done dolphin yet. That comes as quite a surprise! Maybe I’ll do that one today…

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