Hale Kuamo‘o, UH Hilo’s Hawaiian Language Center, launches “Word of the Week” video series

Each Wednesday, a single ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i word will be introduced along with its meaning and an example sentence of its usage.


In the first of a new video series produced by Hale Kuamo‘o, Joe Lindsey introduces the “Word of the Week” project called Mo‘ohua.


By Susan Enright

Hale Kuamo‘o, the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo‘s Hawaiian Language Center, has launched a new weekly series of short videos called Mo‘ohua featuring a “Word of the Week.”

Each Wednesday, a single ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i word will be introduced along with its meaning and an example sentence of its usage.

“We hope you enjoy this weekly fun and educational project,” says Joe Lindsey in the first video of the series (above), which introduces the project. Lindsey is a business administration and Hawaiian studies double major and a student assistant at Hale Kuamo‘o.

The first “Word of the Week” video of the series (below) features Kekailiko Medeiros, who graduated from UH Hilo in spring of 2022 with a bachelor of arts in Hawaiian studies and a certificate in Hawaiian language. The word of the week is Mo‘ohua, the name of the project.

“The employees of Hale Kuamo‘o created the name for this project with the idea that it would be a video series titled with various hua (words) with a connection to mo‘o of all sorts, such as ‘mo‘olelo’ (story) and ‘mo‘omeheu’ (culture),” says Medeirios in the video. “Here is Mo‘ohua in a sentence: ‘Friend, did you watch this week’s Mo‘ohua video?’ That’s all. Mahalo.”



Future weekly Mo‘ohua videos can be found on the UH Hilo YouTube channel. Visit Hale Kuamo‘o on Facebook.


By Susan Enright, a public information specialist for the Office of the Chancellor and editor of UH Hilo Stories.