Glyph of the word 'powi'.


  • (n.) music

Oku hala’i ei io powi tou oku.
“I can’t live without music.”

Notes: The Kamakawi word for “music” is an homage to the greatest musician of the 20th century: David Bowie. (That’s right: I’m saying it! If anyone comments, “But what about Elvis?”, so help me…)

The iku for “music” gives a clue as to the real derivation of the word—that is, it’s onomatopoeic. The concept derives from drumming, as the beat is the backbone of all music. I kind of think of it as the spine, and the rest of the instrumentation branches off from the spine (and from those bones the muscles, the tissue, etc.).

Oh, and by the way, today is David Bowie’s birthday. He’s now 65, which means that 66 is the new old: if you’re 65 or younger, you’re now young. And so it shall go from here on out! :D

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2 Responses to “Powi”

  1. Ka kavaka Sylvia Sotomayor ti:

    Tor.com is celebrating David Bowie’s birthday this week. See: http://www.tor.com/tags/David%20Bowie for all posts tagged “David Bowie”.

  2. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    That’s awesome! Thanks! :D

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