Kapua’i – Hawaiian Word of the Week
Kapuaʻi means “footprint.”
It also means paw prints, anything that leaves a track of where you’ve been. People know that you’ve been there because they can see your footprints.
Sign Language (ASL)
You go donk-donk, one tap each hand. [see video]
An ancient Hawaiian prayer says that God… walks as a god, and walks as a man.
In Hawaiian, the translation for god walks as a god is…
he kapuaʻi akua
Akua means “God.”
Kapua’i akua— means a footprint of a god.
So if you have the footprint of a god— that means we know that you are a god BY YOUR FOOTPRINT.
In Hawaiian, the translation for God walks as a man is…
he kapuaʻi kanaka
Kanaka means “common person.”
He kapua’i means the footprint of a common person. We know that you are a commoner or a regular Joe, because you left a foot print of a regular person.
If you walked by here, we know you were here and we know who you are— by your footprint.
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