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  Boat Names in Hawaiian
 
  HAWAIIAN PHRASE: ENGLISH TRANSLATION:
 
 

Mea A`a [meh (y)ah ah' ah]

Adventurer

 

Eleu [eh' leu]

Alert, Lively, Energetic, Spry, Nimble, Agile 

 

Ku`u Maka [koo' oo mah' kah]

Apple of My Eye

 

Nani [nah' nee]

Beautiful, Pretty

 

Waha Nui [wah' hah nui]

Big Mouth, Tattler

 

Nui [nui]

Big, Large, Great, Important

 

Manu [mah' noo]

Bird

 

Maka koa
[mah' kah koh' (w)ah]

Bold, Fierce

 

Koa [koh' (w)ah]

Brave, Bold, Fearless

 

Pilialoha [pee lee ah loh' ha]

Buddy (as in, bosom friend)

 

Pôpoki [POH' poh kee]

Cat

 

Po`okela [poh oh keh lah]

Champion, Best, Foremost, Superior

 

Pôlunu [POH' loo noo]

Chubby (as in plump and short)

 

Lae`ula [lae oo' lah]

Clever, Well-trained

 

Auli`i [au lee' ee]

Dainty, Cute, Exquisite, Cute, Perfect, Trim, Nice

 

Lâlama [LAH lah' mah]

Daring, Fearless, Clever

 

Nahoa [nah hoh' (w)ah]

Defiant, Bold

 

Kei  [kei]

Dignified, Glorious, One's Pride and Glory

 

`Îlio  [ee lee' oh]

Dog

 

`E`a , `E`a`e`a
[eh' ah], [eh' ah eh' ah]

Dusty 

 

Holo Nui  [hoh' loh nui]

Fast Runner, Galloper, Dash

 

Polo [poh' loh]

Fatso

 

Punahele [poo nah heh' leh]

Favorite

 

Maka [mah' kah]

Favorite One

 

Mâkaha [MAH' kah hah]

Fierce, Ferocious, Savage

 

I`a [ee' ah]

Fish

 

Polupolu
[poh' loo poh' loo]

Flabby, Fatso

 

Napenape

Flicker

 

Pana

Flip

 

Hui

Flipper

 

Pua [poo' (w)ah]

Flower

 

Weuweu [weu weu]

Fluffy

 

Luluâ`ina
[loo loo (W)AH' ee nah]

Freckles

 

Noa [noh' (w)ah]

Free, Freedom

 

Aikâne  [ai KAH' neh]

Friend

 

Maka Launa
[mah' kah lau' nah]

Friendly

 

Lelele
[leh leh' leh]

Frisky

 

Poloka [poh loh' kah]

Frog

 

`Ôheuheu [OH' heu heu]

Fuzzy

 

Laka [lah' kah]

Gentle, Tame

 

Makana [mah kah' nah]

Gift, Prize, Reward

 

Hinuhinu  [hee' noo hee' noo]

Glittering (as polished stones), Bright, Shining, Splendid, Lustrous, Glossy

 

Puahina [poo (w)ah hee' nah]

Gray

 

Hina [hee' nah]

Gray (also, a Hawaiian goddess)

 

Hau`oli [hau oh' lee]

Happy

 

Meli [meh' lee]

Honey

 

Na`auao [nah au (w)ao']

Intelligent

 

Lale [lah' leh]

Legendary bird mentioned in old tales and songs as a sweet singer

 

Kû`oko`a

Liberty

 

Uila [oo (w)ee' lah]

Lightning

 

Mo`o [moh' oh]

Lizard

 

Manu aloha
[mah' noo ah loh' hah]

Lovebird (Parrot,so called because it can extend greetings (aloha))

 

Kûpa`a [KOO' pah ah]

Loyal

 

Laki [lah' kee]

Lucky

 

Pômaika`i
[POH' mai kah' ee]

Lucky, Blessing, Good Fortune, Blessed, Prosperous

 

Uakea
[oo (w)ah keh' (y)ah]

Misty

 

Pôhina [POH' hee nah]

Misty, Hazy, Gray

 

Polohina [poh loh hee' nah]

Misty, Smoky, Gray

 

`Iole Li`ili`i
[ee oh' leh lee' ee lee' ee]

Mouse 

 

Ku`u Hoaloha `Oi
[koo' oo hoh (wah) loh' hah oi]

My Best Friend

 

Nîele [NEE' (y)eh leh]

Nosey, Inquisitive, Busybody

 

Hiwahiwa
[hee' vah hee' vah]

Precious, Beloved, Darling, Indulged, Favorite

 

Makamae [mah kah mae']

Precious, Cherished

 

Nâ Ki`o [NAH' kee' oh]

Puddles

 

Nonolo [noh noh' loh]

Purring

 

Koke [koh' keh]

Quick Runner, Swift Runner, Dasher

 

Miki, Mikimiki
[mee' kee], [mee' kee mee' kee]

Quick, Alert, Active;

 

Kupu`eu [koo poo' eu]

Rascal

 

Kolohe [koh loh' heh]

Rascal, Naughty

 

Ula [oo' lah]

Red (Big Red = `Ula Nui) , Scarlet

 

Kama hele
[kah' mah heh' leh]

Rover, Traveller

 

`Ehu 
[eh' hoo]

Ruddy, Red (as in reddish tinge in hair of Polynesians, and not Caucasians)

 

Poki [poh' kee]

Said to be the name of Kamehameha the Great's dog

 

Kû Uaki
[KOO' oo (w)ah' kee]

Sentinel, Guardian

 

Aka [ah' kah]

Shadow 

 

Lelemu [leh leh' moo]

Slowpoke, Pokey, Lazy

 

Akamai [ah kah' mai]

Smart

 

Uauahi [oo (w)ah (w)ah' hee]

Smoky

 

Hau [hau]

Snow

 

Pôpô Hau [POH' POH' hau]

Snowball

 

Hau-pûehuehu 
[hau POO' (w)eh hoo (w)eh hoo]

Snowflake

 

Hunaahi
[hoo nah ah' hee]

Spark (Sparky)

 

Kikokiko
[kee' koh kee' koh]

Speckles (spotted)

 

Kiko  [kee' koh]

Spot

 

Pôhaka [POH' hah kah]

Spot

 

Hôkû [HOH' KOO']

Star 

 

Pu`ipu`i [poo' ee poo' ee]

Stocky (as in, short and stout)

 

Ikaika  [ee kai' kah]

Strong, Powerful 

 

Po`o Pa`a [poh oh pah' ah]

Stubborn, Hardhead

 

Ipo

Sweetheart

 

Pôpoki Pe`elua
[POH' poh kee peh eh loo' (w)ah]

Tabby (gray cat with darker markings).

 

Kekoa  [keh koh' (w)ah]

The Brave, The Courageous

 

Kapa`a [kah pah' ah]

The Firm, The Steadfast 

 

Kanoe [kah noe']

The Mist

 

Kekipi  [keh kee' pee]

The Rebel

 

Ka`imi  [kah ee' mee]

The Seeker 

 

Kanuha [kah noo' hah]

The Sulky One, The Sullen

 

Kalâ [kah LAH']

The Sun, Sunny

 

Kahekili  [kah heh kee' lee]

The Thunder 

 

Pû`uku`uku
[POO' oo koo oo koo]

Tiny, Wee

 

Pilikia [pee lee kee' (y)ah]

Trouble

 

Honu  [hoh' noo]

Turtle

 

Maka Le`a [mah' kah leh' ah]

Twinkles (twinkle-eyed) , Mischievous

 

Puakea [poo (w)ah keh (y)ah]

White Flower, Pale (as in a buckskin horse)

 

`Eno, `Eno`eno 
[eh' noh], [eh' noh eh' noh]

Wild, Untamed, Shy, Wary 

 

Lupo [loo' poh]

Wolf

 

Melemele [meh' leh meh' leh]

Yellow