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Hawaiian  Pet Names

This names were translated from the Hawaiian dictionary.
After every name you will see its pronunciation followed by its meaning in English.

Mea A`a
[meh (y)ah ah' ah]
Adventurer

`Eleu
[eh' leu]
Alert, Lively, Energetic, Spry, Nimble, Agile 

Ku`u Maka
[koo' oo mah' kah]
Apple of My Eye

Hae
[hae]
Barky (to bark, growl, snap, as a dog)


Nani
[nah' nee]
Beautiful, Pretty

Waha Nui
[wah' hah nui]
Big Mouth, Tattler

Nui
[nui]
Big, Large, Great, Important

Manu
[mah' noo]
Bird

Hiwakea
[hee vah keh' (y)ah) 
Black-and-White (from an all-black pig with white hooves and white tips of tail, ears, and nose)

Maka koa
[mah' kah koh' (w)ah]
Bold, Fierce

Koa
[koh' (w)ah]
Brave, Bold, Fearless (Fearless was Phyllis Diller's dog)

Pilialoha
[pee lee ah loh' ha]
Buddy (as in, bosom friend) (Buddy is the name of United States President Bill Clinton's dog)

Ppoki
[POH' poh kee]
Cat * said to be from the English words "poor kitty.

Po`okela
[poh oh keh lah]
Champion, Best, Foremost,
Superior

Hiwa
[hee' vah]
Choice, Jet Black (entirely black, as pigs offered to the gods, and of a desirable blackness)

Plunu
[POH' loo noo]
Chubby (as in plump and short)



Lae`ula
[lae oo' lah]
Clever, Well-trained

Ihu Anu
[ee' hoo ah' noo] 
Cold Nose

`Auli`i
[au lee' ee]
Dainty, Cute, Exquisite, Cute, Perfect, Trim, Nice

Llama
[LAH lah' mah]
Daring, Fearless, Clever

Nahoa
[nah hoh' (w)ah]
Defiant, Bold

Kei 
[kei]
Dignified, Glorious, One's Pride and Glory

`lio 
[ee lee' oh]
Dog, Quadruped (a generic name for a generic dog)

`E`a , `E`a`e`a
[eh' ah], [eh' ah eh' ah]
Dusty 

Ole
[oh' leh]
Fang

Holo Nui 
[hoh' loh nui]
Fast Runner, Galloper, Dash

Polo
[poh' loh]
Fatso (as in large, thick, plump)

Punahele
[poo nah heh' leh]
Favorite

Maka
[mah' kah]
Favorite One

Mkaha
[MAH' kah hah]
Fierce, Ferocious, Savage

I`a
[ee' ah] 
Fish

Polupolu
[poh' loo poh' loo]
Flabby, Fatso

Napenape
Flicker

Pana
Flip (Flip was the name of the dog of the family of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's dog)

Hui
Flipper

Pua
[poo' (w)ah]
Flower

Weuweu
[weu weu]
Fluffy

Lulu`ina
[loo loo (W)AH' ee nah]
Freckles

Noa
[noh' (w)ah]
Free, Freedom

Aikne 
[ai KAH' neh]
Friend

Maka Launa
[mah' kah lau' nah]
Friendly

Lelele
[leh leh' leh]
Frisky

Poloka
[poh loh' kah]
Frog

`heuheu
[OH' heu heu]
Fuzzy

Laka
[lah' kah]
Gentle, Tame

Makana
[mah kah' nah]
Gift, Prize, Reward

Hinuhinu 
[hee' noo hee' noo]
Glittering (as polished stones), Bright, Shining, Splendid, Lustrous, Glossy

Puahina
[poo (w)ah hee' nah]
Gray

Hina
[hee' nah]
Gray (also, a Hawaiian goddess) 

`Iole Pua`a
[ee oh' leh poo (w)ah' ah]
Guinea Pig

Hau`oli
[hau oh' lee]
Happy

Meli
[meh' lee]
Honey

Lio
[lee' oh]
Horse

Na`auao
[nah au (w)ao']
Intelligent

Lale
[lah' leh]
Legendary bird mentioned in old tales and songs as a sweet singer

K`oko`a
Liberty (Liberty was the name of President Gerald Ford's photogenic dog)

Uila
[oo (w)ee' lah]
Lightning

Mo`o
[moh' oh]
Lizard

Manu aloha
[mah' noo ah loh' hah]
Lovebird (Parrot,so called because it can extend greetings (aloha))

Kpa`a
[KOO' pah ah]
Loyal

Laki
[lah' kee]
Lucky

Pmaika`i
[POH' mai kah' ee]
Lucky, Blessing, Good Fortune, Blessed, Prosperous

Uakea
[oo (w)ah keh' (y)ah]

Misty

Phina
[POH' hee nah]
Misty, Hazy, Gray

Polohina
[poh loh hee' nah]
Misty, Smoky, Gray

`Iole Li`ili`i
[ee oh' leh lee' ee lee' ee] 
Mouse 

Mpina
[MAH' pee nah]
Muffin

Ku`u Hoaloha `Oi
[koo' oo hoh (wah) loh' hah oi]
My Best Friend

Ku`u `lio
[koo' oo EE' lee oh]
My Dog (name of Bob Hope's dog, who adopted his master's sense of humor)

Nele
[NEE' (y)eh leh]
Nosey, Inquisitive, Busybody

Pua`a
[poo (w)ah' ah]
Pig

Hiwahiwa
[hee' vah hee' vah]
Precious, Beloved, Darling, Indulged, Favorite

Makamae
[mah kah mae']
Precious, Cherished

Pkini
[POO' kee nee]
Pudding

N Ki`o
[NAH' kee' oh]
Puddles

Nonolo
[noh noh' loh]
Purring

Koke
[koh' keh]
Quick Runner, Swift Runner, Dasher

Miki, Mikimiki
[mee' kee], [mee' kee mee' kee]
Quick, Alert, Active; Hawaiian for Millie. Millie, a "kind and gentle" Springer spaniel was made famous by her mistress, Mrs. Barbara Bush, with a book of the same name. Milly or Millicent means energetic in Old German.

`Iole Lpaki 
[ee oh' leh LAH' pah kee]
Rabbit 

Kupu`eu
[koo poo' eu]
Rascal

Kolohe
[koh loh' heh]
Rascal, Naughty

`Iole Nui
[ee oh' leh nui]
Rat

`Ula
[oo' lah]
Red (Big Red = `Ula Nui), Scarlet

`Iole
[ee oh' leh] 
Rodent, Rat, Mouse 

Kama hele
[kah' mah heh' leh]
Rover, Traveller

`Ehu 
[eh' hoo]
Ruddy, Red (as in reddish tinge in hair of Polynesians, and not Caucasians)

Poki
[poh' kee]
Said to be the name of Kamehameha the Great's dog

K Uaki
[KOO' oo (w)ah' kee]
Sentinel, Guardian

Aka
[ah' kah]
Shadow 

Phuluhulu
[POO' hoo' loo hoo' loo]
Shaggy, Downy

Lelemu
[leh leh' moo]
Slowpoke, Pokey, Lazy

Akamai
[ah kah' mai]
Smart

Uauahi
[oo (w)ah (w)ah' hee]
Smoky

Hau
[hau]
Snow

Pp Hau
[POH' POH' hau]
Snowball

Hau-pehuehu 
[hau POO' (w)eh hoo (w)eh hoo]
Snowflake

Koki
[koh' kee]
Snub-nosed, Snubby
(as in bulldog)

Hunaahi
[hoo nah ah' hee]
Spark (Sparky)

Kikokiko
[kee' koh kee' koh]
Speckles (spotted)

Kia
Spike (the name of Joan River's wonder dog)

Kiko 
[kee' koh]
Spot

Phaka
[POH' hah kah]
Spot

Hk
[HOH' KOO'] 
Star 

Pu`ipu`i
[poo' ee poo' ee]
Stocky (as in, short and stout)

Ikaika 
[ee kai' kah]
Strong, Powerful 

Po`o Pa`a
[poh oh pah' ah]
Stubborn, Hardhead

Ipo
Sweetheart

Ppoki Pe`elua
[POH' poh kee peh eh loo' (w)ah]
Tabby
(gray cat with darker markings. Lit., caterpillar cat)

Kekoa 
[keh koh' (w)ah]
The Brave, The Courageous

Kapa`a
[kah pah' ah] 
The Firm, The Steadfast 

Kanoe
[kah noe']
The Mist

Kekipi 
[keh kee' pee]
The Rebel

Ka`imi 
[kah ee' mee]
The Seeker 

Kanuha
[kah noo' hah]
The Sulky One, The Sullen

Kal
[kah LAH']
The Sun, Sunny

Kahekili 
[kah heh kee' lee]
The Thunder 

P`uku`uku
[POO' oo koo oo koo]
Tiny, Wee

Pilikia
[pee lee kee' (y)ah]
Trouble

Honu 
[hoh' noo]
Turtle

Maka Le`a
[mah' kah leh' ah]
Twinkles (twinkle-eyed), Mischievous

`Umi`umi
[oo' mee oo' mee]
Whiskers

Puakea
[poo (w)ah keh (y)ah]
White Flower, Pale (as in a buckskin horse)

`Eno, `Eno`eno 
[eh' noh], [eh' noh eh' noh]
Wild, Untamed, Shy, Wary 

Lupo
[loo' poh]
Wolf (the name of John F. Kennedy's dog)

Melemele
[meh' leh meh' leh]
Yellow

Pualena
[poo (w)ah leh' nah]



 

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