Posts Tagged ‘emotion’


• Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Glyph of the word 'ile'.


  • (v.) to hate, to despise, to revile
  • (n.) hate, hatred
  • (adj.) hateful

Ile ei iu Patilioto!
“I hate the Patriots!”

Notes: The old Super Bowl is one week from today, and I’m not looking forward to it. Four years ago, the upstart, massively-underdog Giants beat the up to then undefeated Patriots in one of the most memorable Super Bowls of all time—some even call it the best ever. It was one of the best moments in American sports history.

And now they’re playing again.

If the Patriots win, it’ll be pretty much the worst thing ever. Though you can’t actually take away a previous championship, a New England win would make it feel like the first one was somehow a fluke. If the Giants win, that’s fine, but the finish to Super Bowl XLII was so incredible that we don’t need another one. It’s too bad, all around.

The iku for ile is a turned version of the iku for eli, “love”. Call me sentimental.


• Friday, September 30th, 2011

Glyph of the word 'no'a'.


  • (n.) animal rage (specifically, for an animal to be enraged)
  • (v.) for an animal to be enraged
  • (adj.) enraged (as applied to animals)
  • (v.) to be mad (extremely insulting when used with humans)

Male fukave ei i ia ti no’a o ei kau!
“I will destroy you with my animal rage!”


I may previously have mentioned Keli’s precious red string (both her enemy and her dearest friend), and may have even included a picture of it, but now I’ve got a video of Keli and her red string in action!

A video of Keli attacking her string.

And that’s not even her at her most vicious. She can go after that string with gusto!

I forget when I came up with today’s word, but it was specifically inspired by a dog whose hair is standing up on end. I remember my old dog Brandy was the most mild-mannered and lazy beagle the world had ever known. One day, though, I jumped over the fence to get into the house (forgot my key), and she was there snarling with the hair standing straight up on her back, and was so ferocious she didn’t even recognize me at first. Even when she did recognize me, it took her a full minute to calm back down and get back to normal. It’s quite a thing—and it’s visible—and that’s what gave me the idea for the word.


• Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Glyph of the word 'oamo'.


  • (n.) surf, tide (general word for the character of the ocean)
  • (n.) mood

Mamata ia ie oamo i’i fei.
“Watch the tide for me.”

Notes: The general rise and fall, ebb and flow of the ocean. This is a top-level term for all of it, with many specific terms underneath it. Given that it vacillates, the word was borrowed over to describe a person’s mood.


• Friday, May 13th, 2011

Glyph of the word 'fuleke'.


  • (v.) to miss (in the metaphorical sense)

A fuleke ia ti’i he Keli.
“I miss you, Keli.”


I’m far, far away from poor Keli and Erin, but I’ve met a new friend: Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets’ dog Buddy:

Me and Buddy.

He’s a good pup. :)

I still miss Keli. :( I look forward to seeing her early Tuesday morning Pacific Time. She was fine when I left until she saw my green bag, and then she knew I was leaving. She went to hide under the bed. :( But it won’t be so bad, because Erin’s at home and they will keep each other company.

Looking forward to meeting everyone today! Then tomorrow, LCC4! :D


• Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Glyph of the word 'ivivi'.


  • (v.) to really like

Ivivi iko puka i’i.
“I really like this doorway.”

Notes: Check this out:

A circular doorway.

I recognize that this isn’t practical for humans, given our shape, but man is that cool!

I also don’t know what it says on that sign. One of these days I want to learn either to read Chinese or speak it (not both).

The picture I took here cleverly cuts out the little chain that prevents one from passing through this circular portal. I really wanted to walk through it. Alas, it was not meant to be…

(Note: This word derives from ivi, the verb meaning “to please”.)


• Friday, April 15th, 2011

Glyph of the word 'awelaka'.


  • (v.) to be grateful, to be thankful
  • (n.) thankfulness
  • (adj.) thankful

Awelaka ei ti ape ulili elea oi kaneko oi’i.
“I’m thankful for one happy year with my cat.”


Today is a very special Caturday, because it’s the 52nd Caturday with Keli. It’s been a little more than a year since Erin and I got Keli, but this is as good a time to celebrate as any.

The loss of Okeo still weighs heavily on my heart. I don’t think a full day goes by where I don’t think of him. The only thing that makes it bearable is that we’ve been able to give Keli a happy home, and a happy life. Right now she’s taking her usual afternoon nap under the bed. Here she is standing up, with an unmistakably Keli expression on her face:

Keli standing up looking at me.

Keli has brought nothing but joy to our lives. She was an unhappy cat staying in the shelter, and I’m glad we were able to bring her home. It never fails to depress me to think about all the cats (and other animals) without homes throughout the United States and the world. If I had a house with a dozen rooms, I think I’d have a dozen cats (and perhaps a big backyard for a pack of dogs). My heart goes out to them.

Today’s word is a fairly standard derivation of awela, the Kamakawi word for “thank you”. Awela tie ilau!


• Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Glyph of the word 'awei'.


  • (expr.) alas! (an expression of disgust or desperation; of sorrow or resignation; the spoken equivalent of a sigh or a groan)


Notes: For those keeping track, no, I didn’t, in fact, miss my first day at the Kamakawi Word of the Day blog in over a year. That didn’t happen. It must have been your imagination.

(Heh, heh… Thanks, WordPress! I think I fooled them! Good thing I can not only schedule future posts, but post them at some point in time in the past. Time travel? Done it. Next!)


• Friday, January 21st, 2011

Glyph of the word 'fule'.


  • (v.) to need, to require
  • (v.) to want, to desire
  • (n.) need, necessity

Fule iko ti’i a’a.
“I need this right now.”


So, I always heard the thing about cats walking all over your keyboard when you’re using it, but I never believed it, because I never experienced it myself. Erin, on the other hand, apparently experiences this on a daily basis—and she got a picture to prove it:

Keli laying on the laptop.

She is a cat’s cat! This I can avow.

Fule is another one of those words where the grammatical roles, if you think of them Englishly, are backwards. Furthermore, the argument preceded by ti (the “needer” or “wanter”) is optional, because the verb is intransitive.

Ha. Just thought of a great shirt. Reads as follows:

“Cat is an intransitive verb.”

And the shirt has a picture of a cat on it, and the cat is sitting by himself.

Tell me this makes sense to someone other than myself.


• Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Glyph of the word 'fulale'.


  • (v.) to disappoint

A fulale ia i’i…
“You disappoint me…”

Notes: Back in 2000, the Raiders selected Sebastian Janikowski with the 17th pick in the NFL Draft—the earliest a placekicker had ever been drafted. He’s been pretty good, for the most part, and is currently the highest paid placekicker in league history.

On Sunday, he missed a 32 yard field goal which would have given the Raiders the win. A 32 yard field goal! That’s the equivalent of a two foot putt in golf, or a penalty kick against a goalie with one leg and no arms in soccer. Now, instead of being a respectable 2-1, the Raiders are a despicable 1-2, and any hope of their reaching the playoffs is gone. GONE!


As for my predictions, they didn’t go so well. Here’s a summary:

Week 3

  • New England 35 Buffalo 16
  • New Orleans 29 Atlanta 19
  • Houston 37 Dallas 33
  • New York Jets 21 Miami 17
  • Green Bay 27 Chicago 24

That’s 2-3, which brings me to 9-6 overall. That’s still above .500, but it’s no picnic (and, man, that Saints’ loss was just inexcusable). Here are my predictions for this week (should be a tough one):

Week 4

  • Green Bay 49 Detroit 20
  • Baltimore 12 Pittsburgh 11
  • Philadelphia 29 Washington 24
  • New York Giants 24 Chicago 23
  • New England 39 Miami 27

You may recall seeing a Kamakawi word for “disappoint”. That was fula. Fula has a curious argument structure, with the notional “subject” in English being rendered by the preposition ti. By adding the causative, the argument structure looks like English, with the disappointer being the subject, and the disappointee being the object. This, though, is the marked structure, and this word is used when one wishes to emphasize the role of the disappointer.

I mean, I don’t want Janikowski’s confidence to be shaken—that’s everything for a kicker—but man, did the Raiders need the win… The 49ers could’ve used an Arizona loss, too. Dang.


• Friday, September 10th, 2010

Glyph of the word 'ma'.Glyph of the word 'ma'.


  • (v.) to hug, to give someone a hug
  • (n.) hug
  • (n.) hugging
  • (adj.) used to describe someone who is very physical; very “hugsy”, if that’s a word

A male tomi ei i lea ti “Tiolotia”, e male mama i lea, e etea i lea, e uma i lea…
“I will call him George, and I will hug him, and pet him, and squeeze him…”


Get ready for an insanely cute picture!

Keli a'huggin' on Mr. Pecan.


We have Erin to thank for this picture. Keli was all tuckered out and completely lost to the world, so Erin, figuring she wouldn’t wake up, cleverly tucked one of my little stuffed animals under her arm, and I got pictures. Hee, hee! SO CUTE!

The little bear’s name, in case you’re curious, is Mr. Pecan. He looks to be plenty awake in this picture… Perhaps he sense Keli’s raw power.

The word for “hug” is a reduplication of the word for “mother”, ma (seemed as likely a source as any). It’s different from traditional squeezing, see. It’s affectionate squeezing.

As for the example sentence, that comes form the old Looney Tunes cartoons—a parody of Lennie in Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. Hee, hee, he… That’s good stuff.