Glossary of words in the website and other local words used by Hawaii's people.
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barrack- a large plain building in which many people live in. In Hawaii the early Filipino male immigrants boarded together in these units.
bayao – stubborn headed (brother in law)
chicken fights- people gathering together to challenge roosters in a match. A little dagger is tied to the legs of two roosters. As though in a boxing match, the two roosters fly toward each other. The rooster who is left standing is the winner. The people who bet on the surviving rooster collect their bet money.
cumberbund- A broad sash, especially one that is pleated lengthwise and
worn as an article of formal dress, as with a dinner jacket.
da kine- a corruption of that kind a generalization used by people too lazy to think of the right word.
eskrima – martial art involving body movement using a stick
ethnic- The different races of people and their customs and characteristics
fiestas – dances and parties
haole- member of the so called " White Race"; Caucasion
happi coat- a half length kimono; Traditionally worn at bon dances
Hawaiian time- a little bit late
hekka- Hawaiian version of the Japanese sukiyaki dish and only in Hawaii will you find pineapples and taro in it.
Hina- Matsuri- Girls' Day, it is celebrated in Japan and in Hawaii. This happens on March 3rd every year. Japanese dolls are placed within the Japanese homes. At school, all girls are treated a little extra special for that day. We get to celebrate all kinds of events from different ethnic groups, this is one of them.
imu - a Polynesian earth oven in which foods are cooked with the heat released from hot rocks.
issei- the first generation of immigrants
kaguya hime- Bright and smiling
kalamungay - horseradish
kamaina - a child born and raised in Hawaii
kangkanen - sweet cakes
kapu - The Hawaiian form of that well - known word, taboo
kasuri- A mixed set of clothing
kaukau - food of any kind
kerosene- A thin oil, a mixture of hydro carbons, usually produced by distilling petroleum; coal oil. Used in lamps and stoves.
kimono-A long, wide-sleeved Japanese robelike dress worn with an obi and often elaborately decorated. A loose robe worn cheifly by women.
lauhala- polynesian screw pine plant, the long leaves are woven to make hats, mats, and bags.
laulau- a package of food, wrapped in ti leaves containing morsels of pork or beef enclosed in taro leaves.
luna- a foreman who supervises the workers in the field. He makes sure everyone is working efficiently.
lechon - roast pig, which is cooked over hot burning coals
luau- a native Hawaiian feast
lumpia - Filipino egg rolls
manang – what to call an older Filipino woman as a sign of respect
manong – what to call an older Filipino man as a sign of respect
mauka -towards the mountains
musubi- A triangle shaped rice ball; Made with rice and salt
mu'umu'u - deformed or shapeless cut off maimed
menehune The first people to settle in these islands probably smaller in the body and darker skin than the Polynesia.
ono- tasty and delicious food
otedama- Japanese way to say beanbags
otong – beans
pancit – noodles
– bitter melon
– bitter melon
– bitter melon
pupu - 1. Originally the Hawaiians word for shells from sea or land. 2.But another meaning for pupu is: snack foods, commonly served by the local people on the Big Island of Hawaii. Pupus are served at parties. The party throwers spend a whole day in advance to make large pans of many varieties of foods such as prepared meats, vegetables and seafoods. This is served during cocktail hour before the main dinner is presented.
sake- Japanese rice wine
shibai- fake, told an exaggerated story, made a lie
shibui- a Japanese word for elegant simplicity
sipa-sipa – game similar to soccer
sungka – game introduced by Filipinos, played with wooden board with pockets filled with even numbers of shells or little stones.
sushi - cold rice with a core of pickled vegetables of fish
tabungao – squash
talong – eggplant
Tango-no-Sekku- Boys' Day in Japan
tinikling – bamboo dance
wine dance – young filipino girls dance with filled glasses on their hands and heads
yagura- the musicians tower at a bon dance
zori- Japanese flat sandals or slippers formally mane lf woven rice straw now mass produced in rubber
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