Today’s Hawaiian word of the day is “kaona”, let’s say that together, kaona. The word “kaona” is defined as a hidden meaning. In Hawaiian poetry, kaona can conceal the deeper reference to a person, place or thing. Let’s practice using kaona in a sentence: “Nani ke kaona o ke mele,” or beautiful is the hidden meaning in this song. The use of kaona in speech displays the craftiness and ingenuity of our Hawaiian people and is a common experience when listening to our kupuna and native speakers. E ola mau ka ‘olelo Hawai?i, Aloha!

Via Hawaii News Now