—Life, air, breath, sovereignty, rural, independence.
“I chose this word because we as Hawaiians are nothing without our ea. King Kamehameha III once said, ‘Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono,’ which is commonly translated as ‘the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.’ This later become our state motto in 1959.”
—Kawehilani De Sa, Hawaiian 201 student, Hawaiʻi Community College
For more information on other elements of the definition and usage, go to the UH Hilo Wehewehe Wikiwiki.