Posts Tagged ‘fish’


• Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Glyph of the word 'hule'.


  • (n.) o’opu naniha

Iwe levea ti hule.
“The water is full of o’opu naniha.”

Notes: The o’opu naniha is a very small little fish endemic to Hawai‘i, and it has a little cousin that swims the waters of the Kamakawi Islands. They’re nice fish, as far as little fish go.

Believe it or not, this iku is an ikunoala: a kind of blend of hu and le. Unlike most ikunoala, it’s not really built off any one iku. Instead, the two just kind of morphed together over the years. And now we have what we have here.

It seems to me that this would be a great, iconic name for a baseball team. You know how some baseball teams end up with these names that don’t seem fierce at all (the Cubs, the Mudhens, etc.)? I can see a team called the Hule in the Kamakawi baseball league. (Of course, they probably wouldn’t have a league of their own. They’d probably be a part of a main land minor league and have an irregular schedule due to the distance. But that’s another story…)

Update: No Kamakawi Word of the Day tomorrow—but this time not because I’m lazy! Tomorrow I’ll be going off the internet in protest of SOPA. Hope your Wednesday is a happy one.

Edit: LOL Isn’t that just like me? I scheduled the post specifically so it would avoid the whole SOPA protest. I kept on thinking, “Okay, schedule it for the next day”, and so I moved it one day ahead. Unfortunately, the day I moved it ahead of was…yesterday, the 17th (which, at the time, was “today”). So…yeah. Oops!


• Monday, December 19th, 2011

Glyph of the word 'muto'.


  • (n.) silversides

Au mawa muto u takoikoi i kawi.
“The silversides swim and look like a cloud.”

Notes: Silversides are small little fish that are shiny on their sides (hence the name). They look like little minnows or grunions. Oh! Ha. Wouldn’t you know it? Grunions are a type of silversides. Shiver me timbers! Anyway, they’re shiny little fishes with a silver streak going across their side (actually I just think it’s their spine you can see through their little bodies). They’re wonderful sports. They swim in great big packs, and give the ocean charm.

Coincidentally, the iku for muto kind of looks like a stylized silversides. Rather fat for a silversides, but the little midline of mu kind of looks like the spine-line you can see on a silversides or grunion.


• Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Glyph of the word 'nupa'.


  • (n.) triggerfish

Ka ni’u nupa i’i!
“The triggerfish bit me!”

Notes: The triggerfish is quite the curious fish. Check it out here (nice pictures!). I’ve never swum about with triggerfish, but I imagine if I did, I’d try to give them their space.

By the way, I think this would be a cool crest—and nickname—for a soccer team. For colors, I’m imagining white, gray, gold, black with teal accents. Hmmm… Maybe I’ll have to try to create some uniforms… I think that would be a productive use of my time. ;)


• Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Glyph of the word 'fie'.


  • (n.) albacore tuna (or just tuna)

A kaneko i oi’i poe havava i fie.
“I have a cat who likes tuna.”

Notes: I do! And yet, she only likes fish, it would seem, in the form of treats. Give her actual fish—in a bowl—and she’ll give it a sniff and then turn her nose away. What a cat she is…

This is actually one of my favorite glyphs, and i completely forgot about it. All it is is fi rotated 180°, but in rotating it, it reveals a “V” shape that’s reminiscent of e, turning it into a kind of ikunoala. I thought it was pretty clever. As for the fish, I like it; it’s pretty good. Not my favorite, but I dig it.


• Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Glyph of the word 'nova'.


  • (n.) manta ray

Au mawa nova ika!
“And the rays swim again!”

Notes: I was planning to do another word for today’s word of the day, but I happen to be watching the Rays and Yankees, and have been lucky enough to bare witness to one of the most incredible comebacks in pre-post season history. Down 7-0 pretty much the entire game, the Rays scored 6 runs in the 8th, and then, with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the ninth, their season nearly over, their pinch hitter hit a home run to right to tie it. Just incredible. At the time of writing, the game is still going (it’s in the top of the tenth), so they may still lose it—and the Red Sox are still playing, so even if they lose, there’s still a slim chance they could get to the playoffs—but even so, what an incredible game! Baseball has done it again.

The Tampa Bay Rays used to be called the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Though a nova is not a devil ray, it’s in the ray family, so I figured it was close enough. Even though it’s curvy, I like this iku; kind of reminds me of the Queensrÿche logo.


• Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Glyph of the word 'nute'.


  • (n.) wrasse

I nute pe.
“There are wrasses in there.”

Notes: Preparing for a wedding, time kind of slipped away from me. The wrasse is a really neat looking fish. I wholeheartedly encourage you to google it and take a look. Some wonderful shots on the web of wrasses!

I don’t have much to say about the wrasse as a fish. I think it’s a great looking fish, and I’m sure the Kamakawi would have more to say about them than I do presently. But I am who I am, so I’ll leave it at this.


• Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

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.


• Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Glyph of the word 'leupoe'.


  • (n.) hammerhead shark

Oku hetu ei i leupoe.
“I don’t fear hammerhead sharks.”

Notes: In today’s post, I wish to reflect on a true fact about myself. Though I have feared for sharks for nearly as long as I’ve been alive, I’ve never feared hammerhead sharks. I’m not at all sure why.

I should mention that I had quite some exposure to sharks as a child. Nearly every week, I would go to the Cabrillo Park Museum (I guess it’s now [or actually?] called the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. I was the three, though; I couldn’t read [well] yet). There I would play in the simulated tidepools and look at all the exhibits—including the gigantic great white shark replica they had hanging above the exit. I was terrified of that shark. I would love going to the museum, but I would insist on closing my eyes and being led by hand through that section of the museum each time. The only thing that mollified me somewhat was my mother telling me that the eyes were probably M&M’s.

In addition to that, I, of course, likely saw sharks on television, and I also had several shark coloring books and a plastic toy great white shark that I used to play with. I guess I was kind of fascinated by sharks, but also terrified by them. I probably saw a commercial for Jaws as a kid; that did it for a lot of kids (and adults), unfortunately (and, in fact, the movies can still inspire terror in me).

But for whatever reason, I was never afraid of hammerhead sharks. I was probably more afraid of whale sharks than hammerheads, even though the latter are much more dangerous to humans (if, you know, you mess with them, which is just stupid). I have no solid explanation for this. Perhaps it was that they reminded me of Admiral Ackbar, with whom I was quite familiar as a child (I was a big Star Wars fan).

Hammerhead shark vs. Admiral Ackbar.

Who knows?

The iku is intended to look like the head of a hammerhead shark, but also incorporates part of the glyph for keva, “shark”, as reference.


• Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Glyph of the word 'nawalilie'.


  • (n.) raw fish (like sushi)

Kiko a male hava uei i nawalilie.
“Today we eat sushi.”

Notes: This because today is my friend Kyn’s birthday. We’re all going to Ayumi to eat some sushi. Oddly enough, though, he doesn’t eat fish at all, so he always just gets teriyaki chicken and whatever comes with it. (And, as it turned out, I only got kappa maki and a vegetable tempura roll, so I didn’t eat any fish, either!) So it goes.

But, yes, today’s is Kyn’s birthday of a certain age. He too has hit thirty. Two of my good friends are left. And then…? Thwack! (Note: Obscure anime reference.)

For the Kamakawi, nawalilie is a breakfast or lunch food only. You can eat it for dinner, but it’s kind of like having pancakes and eggs and bacon for dinner. And it doesn’t come with rice. They generally slice it straight from the fish and eat it like that, or eat it wrapped in a lettuce-like leaf.

Mmm… That sounds good… Wish I had that right now.

Anyway, best wishes to my friend of a certain age. It’s all over now, baby blue. But Mr. Soy Sauce tips his hat to you.

Birthday soy.


• Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Glyph of the word 'uvo'.


  • (n.) swordfish
  • (nm.) a boy’s given name

Ka hava ei i uvo.
“I’ve eaten swordfish.”

Notes: It’s true, but the word on the street is you shouldn’t. I guess due to conservation efforts swordfish are on the rebound, but still, swordfish should be eaten sparingly.

Well, I guess, in general, meat should be eaten sparingly—if not for conservation concerns, then for the treatment many animals raised for slaughter are subjected to, as well as for one’s health. Eating meat occasionally is no health concern, of course (provided it’s prepared properly), but eating too much (which is the case with many Americans) can indeed be a health concern.

Anyway, this is one of my all-time favorite iku (in fact, it comes in at number six in my personal top ten). It’s quite swordfishy. I thought it turned out rather well.

For more info on the name Uvo, you can go here. Don’t think I would name a kid Uvo myself: Sounds too much like a grape.

Not that “grape” is a bad name.

Man oh man, summer is coming! :D I’m so excited! I can’t wait.