Glyph of the word 'kaiwea'.


  • (n.) stork

Lea i kaiwea! Ua hale ei…
“He’s a stork! I think…”


Today I got quite a surprise. Erin said she had a present for me, and I descended the stairs to see this fabulous gentleman:

My new bird statue.

Isn’t he outstanding?! I don’t know if it’s supposed to be a stork or a flamingo or some other type of bird, but I decided his name should be Kaiwea—and that has given birth to a new Kamakawi word. Storks, you see, are ubiquitous, and I’m rather surprised I didn’t have a word for it yet. Well, now I do! And it also allowed me to use the iku for le’o as a determinative, which is something I haven’t yet done.

Today is a good day! :D

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3 Responses to “Kaiwea”

  1. Ka kavaka Anthony Docimo ti:

    (nice stork/flamingo/crane)

  2. Ka kavaka Kaiwea Ola II Richard Coté ti:

    xD Never in my life have I seen someone/something with my name: “Kaiwea”. Man, its great to know that my name can now be a stork thingy. Anyways, nice thing and stuff.

  3. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    It also means “red sea” in Hawaiian (well, at least kaiwe’a does). I like it as “stork”, though. :)

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