—Thread, strand, thin, soft, wake of a ship
“Awe is my favorite Hawaiian word. The wake of a ship appears as a thin thread and can be detected for hundreds of miles. A lingering fragrance can be an awe. The common aspect of these examples is that an awe connects the object to its source. ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi is an awe for many of us, connecting us to our home, our work, even our purpose.”
—Lilinoe Andrews, curriculum specialist, University of Hawaiʻi– West Oʻahu
For more information on other elements of the definition and usage, go to the UH Hilo Wehewehe Wikiwiki.
- Related UH News story: Hawaiian language departments launch ʻōlelo of the week, February 1, 2022