There is no direct translation for the word “Hawai’i” in Hawaiian or English. In searching for the origins of the word I came across some interesting information. The word can be broken down into 3 separate Hawaiian words: “HA”, “WAI” and “I”. The first word “HA” means to “breathe upon” to “exhale”. The second word “WAI” means “water”. Any kind of water or fluid other than sea water. The emphasis here is upon vital, life-giving, fluids. The word “I” refers to “God” or initial consciousness, or supreme being. To put the three together: the word Hawai’i quite literally means from “The breathe of life” comes the “Water of life” which emanate from the “I” or supreme/ initial consciousness.
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