modEARator emEARitus: Polynesian Resort/Yacht & Beach forums
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||Posted: Mar. 22, 2004, 12:18 pm
The name Polynesia was given to the Pacific islands by a French explorer Charles Brosses which came from Greek words “poly” (many) and “nesos” (islands). Later Dumont d’Urville defined the Pacific region by breaking it into 3 parts. These were Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia. Polynesia actually only covers the area with in the triangle formed by Hawaii, New Zealand (Aotearoa), Easter Island (Rapanui). Melanesia, located west of Polynesia and below the equator, includes Fiji, New Caledonia, and the Solomon Islands. Micronesia is home to Palau, the Marshall Islands and Guam which is north of Melanesia. All of these cultures are knows as Oceania.
I was going to add these to my pages but here is a preview of some words. I may add more:
ALOHA: love, affection, compassion, mercy, sympathy, pity, kindness, sentiment, grace, carity; greeting, salutation, regards; sweetheart, lover , loved one.
HONU: General name for turtle and tortoise.
KALO: Taro, a kind of aroid cultivated since ancient times for food, spreading widely from the tropics of the Old World. In Hawai'i, taro has been the staple from earliest times to the present, and here it's culture developed greatly, including more than 300 forms. All parts of the plant are eaten. its starchy root principally as poi, and its leaves as lu'au.
LO‘I: Irrigated terrace, especially for taro, but also for rice; paddy.
NALU: Wave, surf; full of waves; to form waves.
POI: Poi, the Hawaiian staff of life, made from cooked taro corms, pounded and thinned with water.
PIKO: Navel, navel string, umbilical cord. Fig., blood relatives.
PUA: Flower, blossom; to bloom.
MAOLI: Native, indigenous, genuine, true.
HALAU: Longhouse, as for canoes or hula instruction, meeting house.
MELE: Song, anthem, or chant of any kind; poem, poetry, to sing or chant.
AKAMAI: Smart, clever, expert; smartness skill
HALE: House, building, institution, lodhe, station, hall
HE‘E NALU: To ride a surfboard; surfing, surf rider, wave sliding
HOKU: Night of the full moon, star
HOLOHOLO: To go out for pleasure
KAIMANA-HILA: Diamond Head
KANE: Male, husband, male sweetheart, man
KOA: Brave, bold, valiant, fearless
WAHINE: Woman, lady, wife, female
OHANA: Family, relative, kin group
MANA: Supernatural or divine power, miraculous power
MANA‘O: Faith, confidence, to have faith
PONO: Goodness, uprightness, morality, moral qualities
MOANA: Ocean, open sea
MAHALO: Thanks, gratitude
MAKA: Eye, eye of a needle
KEIKI: Child, offspring, descendant
KAPU: Taboo, prohibition, special privelege or exemption from ordinary taboo
KOKUA: Help, aid, assistance
MALAMA: To take care of, attend, care for
PALI: Cliff, steep hill or slope
LU‘AU: Young taro crops, Hawaiian feast
NUI: Big, large, great, greatest, grand
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