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    Default The name Koa

    Have you met anyone with the name "Koa?" First or middle?

    I've found that the word "Koa" means "Warrior" or "Brave." And there's also the tree Koa. Hawaiians use Koa wood to build canoes. Can someone tell me the link between the tree and the word Koa? Why did the Hawaiians call the tree Koa?

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    We named our dog Koa due to her coloring. Unfortunately, the brave part didn't stick and she's a little chicken dog.

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    I know a child with the name of Koa. Dunno the history behind his parents naming him that, tho'.

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    part of our connection with our environment is the attribution of human characteristics to those personified in nature. A koa tree is majestic, strong and doesn't fall easily. Hence warrior.

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    Went to middle/high school with a girl with the last name Koa....
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    I have a friend by the first name of Koa... He is a songwriter and his CD is entitled Thirsty Life. We attended the same Bible College.

    Koa means: brave, bold, fearless, vailant, bravery, and courage.
    Aloha Kakou, maluhia a me aloha mau loa (Hello everyone, peace and love forever)

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    Have a nephew whose name is Kekoa-Ola-Ka-Inoa....means the strong name that lives on.....and he lives up to his name.....

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    My last name has a "koa" at the end of it.
    Ā Ē Ī Ō Ū ā ē ī ō ū -- Just a little something to "cut and paste."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ms_Aloha_Nui View Post
    Have a nephew whose name is Kekoa-Ola-Ka-Inoa....means the strong name that lives on.....and he lives up to his name.....
    Educate me in Hawaiian Language.

    1.) Ke is similar to Ka. Correct? If so, Ke is like "the." So Kekoa is "The Strong." Would Kakoa be the same?

    2.) Also, should be actually be Ke Koa? or Ke' Koa? Cause I looked up Kekoa and there isn't such a word.

    3.) Is it proper to name someone "Koa" or should it be "Kekoa"?

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    Up more more time.

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    most words that begin with A E O and K (with many that begin with P) are lead in with "ke". The majority lead in with "ka", and if those words described above start with an 'okina, than they also usually use "ka".

    Ke ao the clouds
    Ka 'ao the dried food

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoLowDrew View Post
    Also, should be actually be Ke Koa? or Ke' Koa?
    Another general rule to remember: `okina (`) is a consonant, and you never find two consonants next to each other in `olelo Hawai`i, so the ` mark will always be followed by a vowel.

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    Thank you for the proper rules too. I guess I need to learn English too. Sorry.

    So if I was to name someone "Koa." Is that ok?

    Or should it be "Kekoa" or Ke' Koa?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoLowDrew View Post
    So if I was to name someone "Koa." Is that ok?
    Or should it be "Kekoa" or Ke' Koa?"
    I've seen "Kekoa" far more often than just "Koa," fwiw. And again, there's no such spelling as Ke` Koa; `okina must be followed by a vowel, so it would not be used preceding a space or the letter K. Hawaiian words don't end in consonants, either (rules, rules, rules - I wonder if it was "easier" when `olelo Hawai`i was an oral language only...?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoLowDrew View Post
    Thank you for the proper rules too. I guess I need to learn English too. Sorry.

    So if I was to name someone "Koa." Is that ok?

    Or should it be "Kekoa" or Ke' Koa?"
    Are you are intending to name someone?

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    Hawaiian names are usually given by the eldest member of ones ohana. Hawaiian names are not chosen lightly. The child and the name is synonymous with one another.

    Hawaiian names should be given by Hawaiians to children of Hawaiian ancestry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keanu View Post
    Hawaiian names should be given by Hawaiians to children of Hawaiian ancestry.
    Makes me wanna find a Hawaiian chick fo' make children with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Random View Post
    Makes me wanna find a Hawaiian chick fo' make children with.

    Lol, they probably don't want to find you.

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