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(koo-lee-ah-na) (nvt) Hawaiian word for right, privilege, concern, area of responsibility.


English: “As responsible human beings we must take care of the earth! There are wastrels among us who must heed my words or our land will become  a vast wasteland of corruption and filth where none can live! I call on you now to change your ways before it is too late!”

Pidgin: “What you mean, ‘not your kuleana?’ You breathing, right? You living, right? Taking care of the ‘āina is everybody’s kuleana, brah!”

Note: ‘Ōlelo is a Hawaiian word meaning language, speech, word, etc.  To see the current list of Hawaiian and Pidgin words, definitions, and usage please click on

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