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aalali

noun a type of coral which grows on the lagoon bottom

aboabongi

adjective easily capsizable

ahiahi

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noun evening

ahiahi

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noun fire

ahiahi danuaa

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good evening

ahiahi gohu

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noun dawn

ahiahi gohugohu

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noun dawn

aladoidoi

noun iron (a piece of)

angaanga madania

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noun fingernail

baabaa luu lima

clap hands

baabaa tugi lau

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noun log on which the pandanus leaf is smashed

baabaasi

noun a fishing method (angling with the side of a flying fish as bait)

balabala

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adjective soft

bangabanga

noun fish sp.

baubau

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adjective bad

buibui

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noun cage; fence

dadaage

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verb raise (a flag)

de ahiahi danua

good evening

demee hagaangiangi

fan

dodo ina

bloody (as of garments)

duu malaelae

an open field having no trees

duu molomolo

visible clearly

duu munimuni

hide and seek (game)

duu ubu haohao

piece of taro cooked in a coconut shell with coconut oil

duuduu lagi

a diving plaform made from a tree stuck in a coral head

gaga

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noun dry brown husk from the branches of the coconut palm

galu/augau

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mucus

gaogao

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noun, preposition hip; beside

giigii saele

giggle

ginigini loola

a game played by children

gulu maimai

breadfruit with smooth skin

hagaabasasa

act like or emulate Europeans

hagaeueu

a shrugging movement of the shoulders

hagagili

cause to have skin disease

hagamaamaane

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verb urinate

hagamanomano

make many thousands

hagassui, hang gainga, hagamamane

urinate (piss)

hai de hilihili

hold an election

haimee baubau

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verb sexual intercourse; fornication

hakaau unuunu

to cause an infant to feed at the breast

hakaaununu

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verb breastfeed

hale gaugau

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bath house

hatahata

noun chest (body part)

huaamee daahaa

huaamee daahaa
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noun second stage of a green coconut

ivi gaogao

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rib

ivi gaogao

rib

lagolago

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adjective plenty; a lot, many

langolango

inclined to throw one’s legs over those sleeping nearby (when sleeping)

laubalabala

slack (of rope); soft (of skin or paper); pliable (of hair); flexible

laulau

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a type of basket

laulau

laulau

noun serving dish basket made from coconut palm

Example: Photo by Emily Drummond, 06/10/15

laulau gai

a canoe used to transport food to a feast

lausese

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noun pants

lele tuli

childbirth

lillili

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adjective easily angered, short tempered

limamalie

good at massaging

lodo baba

calmness, tranquility, freedom from worries

lodo baubau

adjective angry

lodo lagolago

indecisive, undecided

lolo

oil

longolongo iho dalinga

pick up information from others’ conversation

luu adaadeu

pronoun our (plural, inclusive; for dual, alienable noun)

luuluu haha

gargle, wash one’s mouth out

maamaa

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verb chew

maamaanu

remain stationary in the air (like a bird or a helicopter)

magalili

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verb, adjective feel cold, shivering (from cold); flow (of tide)

mahamaha

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adjective beautiful

mahanahana

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adjective very hot

malali

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adjective smooth

malili de biho

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adjective balding

malinolino ~ malimalino

verb becoming more and more calm (of weather)

maluilui

adjective turned this way and that way, turned over and over

malulu

adjective cold (referring to temperature of something)

mammami

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adjective delicious (general)

manavanava ~ manamanava

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adjective breathing

mangungungungu

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adjective the sound of something being chewed

mangunngungu

adjective the sound of something being chewed

manu lele

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noun bird

maohaoha

adjective broken up (into many pieces or groupings)

maomao

more and more; diminshing rainfall

masoasoa

spacious

me hagasengasenga

riddle, parable

me maimai

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candy

mee hagaangiangi

mee hagaangiangi
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noun fan

Example: Photo by Emily Drummond, 06/11/15

modomodo

modomodo
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noun stage between a young green coconut and a mature brown coconut

Example: Photo by Emily Drummond, 06/16/15

mogomogo

noun muscle

mosongenge

a name children tease each other with

musumusu

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verb whisper

nuinui

noun a special kind of driftwood (resembling aha-bagua), the core of which is used for the hoop of the flying fish net

sii valavala

spray

sinasinaa

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adjective white headed; old (of living things); big (of animals)

ssuonioni

sand

suisui

become wet

tangada agoago

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noun teacher

tinana o dogu dinana

noun maternal grandmother

tinana odogu dinana

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noun maternal grandmother

uaua vaaligi

noun capillary

unuunu

nurse (at the breast)

vaivai

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adjective watery, bad - (when followed by another word)

vaivai daahili

a dirty song