Fun Fridays – December 17, 2021

I particularly found this video of interest, having gone to high school in Honolulu. The Hawaiian language is fascinating. For example, the vowels a, e, i, o, and u are pronounced ah, aye, ee, oh, and ooh. And each vowel is always sounded out, no silent vowels. I lived on Halekoa Drive which was just off the Kalaniana’ole Highway.

Enjoy your Hawaiian Christmas language lesson today!

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13 Responses to Fun Fridays – December 17, 2021

  1. Lee Wimmer December 17, 2021 at 6:13 am #

    I’ve been on that stretch of Oahu several times, on vacation with my wife. Must’ve been great going to high school there.

  2. Len December 17, 2021 at 6:49 am #

    Marines or Air Force?

    • Steve Laube December 17, 2021 at 8:37 am #


      Neither. When I was 14 my mom and dad decided to move from Alaska to Hawaii where he had been offered a job. Mom was also offered a teaching job at the Hawaii Baptist Academy where I went to high school. (

  3. Damon J. Gray December 17, 2021 at 7:13 am #

    That was fascinating! It made perfect sense and was the antithesis of what I believed about that phrase.

  4. Carrie Turansky December 17, 2021 at 7:13 am #

    Hi Steve, I didn’t know you spent time on Oahu! We lived in Mililani in central Oahu for 8 years early in our marriage. Our three oldest were born there. We helped plant a church – Pacific Islands Bible Church. We loved the beauty and culture of the Islands. Mele Kalikimaka!

    • Steve Laube December 17, 2021 at 8:43 am #

      Small world indeed, but from where we lived, your home was considered a “long ways away.” It was on the other side of the island…nearly a 40-minute drive, LOL!! We attended Waialae Baptist Church – near the Kahala mall.

  5. Sharon K Connell December 17, 2021 at 7:27 am #

    My husband was stationed at Ft. Shafter while serving in the Army (retired Sergeant Major now), and he loved his stay there so much he constantly talks about it. We still acknowledge “Aloha Friday” even after all these years. It’s why I wrote my last novel, “Ko’olau’s Secret.” I fell in love with O’ahu from hearing so much about it for years, even though I had not had the privilege of ever visiting there.

    The added research for the story taught me so much about the language and its people. I feel as though I’d lived there. To me, the language is so simple, sensible, and beautifully melodic. A beautiful state, beautiful people, and beautiful language.

    Thank you, Steve. Merry Christmas to all of you at the Steve Laube Agency, and to each of your families. Mele Kalikimaka. 🙂

    • Steve Laube December 17, 2021 at 8:45 am #

      He lā maikaʻi. A hauʻoli makahiki hou.

  6. Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D. December 17, 2021 at 11:50 am #

    Delightful! (Those I doubt it would translate that way!)

  7. Kristen Joy Wilks December 17, 2021 at 3:09 pm #

    So fascinating. I love it!

  8. Ronda Wells MD December 18, 2021 at 10:11 am #

    Didn’t know you had a Hawaii connection! I worked with Hawaii Medicaid for over twenty years in an insurance program to get patients in need of a transplant over to the mainland. (I didn’t live there but made many business trips) Still good friends with one of the transplant docs at Queen’s Hospital.

    Love, love that state. You lived in a beautiful area. Mele Kalikimaka and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

  9. Georgia Francis December 19, 2021 at 9:14 am #

    Mele Kalikimaka to everyone reading this!

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