Political Radar


February 27th, 2014

State Rep. Faye Hanohano on Thursday chose "mahaoi" as the Hawaiian word of the day on the House floor.

"Bold, impertinent, impudent, insolent, nervy, cheeky, rude, forward, presumptuous, saucy, brazen," Hanohano read from the Hawaiian-English dictionary translation. "Literal meaning: sharp temple."

Hanohano, who has been criticized recently for her conduct, then chose to use the word in a sentence.

"The reporters are rude," the representative said.

9 Responses to “Mahaoi”

  1. ohiaforest3400:

    Rep. Hanohano's health has been in sharp decline in recent years and, reportedly, she almost did not survive an episode of whatever ails her a year or two ago. I wonder if confronting her mortality, or the effects of whatever illness she has, has contributed to the decline in her behavior. Perhaps she is feeling a sense of urgency that is no longer tempered by reflection or maybe she simply does not realize the counterproductivity of her conduct. In any case, she is primed for retirement, either voluntarily or compelled by the voters in her district.

    Just suggesting that there may be room for some compassion here.

  2. Marilyn Lee:

    Let those who are without sin, cast the first stone....M

  3. Especially Incognito:

    Conserve your breath.

  4. John pang:

    Maybe she should look up the Hawaiian word for humble

  5. Chiemi Honda:

    She should be ashamed of herself. Shame

  6. hossana:

    Maybe she should look up the word for PUPULE!!

  7. Especially Incognito:

    Maybe missionaries should preach against racists.
    There is no word for racists.

    Missionary is the same word as without breath.

  8. Kolea:

    You sure of the translation? Maybe she intended it to be interpreted as, "That Derrick DePledge is very cheeky."

  9. Especially Incognito:

    Not him but it. Doesn't know how to turn its cheek.

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