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"Aia i hea kāu kini ʻaiō?"

Translation:Where is your lunch pail?

November 21, 2019



No one in Hawaiʻi says lunch pail... Lol

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Yeah, I never heard anyone say that, either. Sounds very 1800s.


used to live in Hawaii and I have never heard anyone say "lunch pail" xD


Lunch pail is not a modern term but I heard it growing up in the 60's. My own father carried a lunch pail - small circular metal container that was stacked (at least two components) and had a metal cover and a handle like a pail. We referred to it in pidgin as "kaukau tin".


kini ʻaiō

[MK] 1 n Lunch pail. Niʻihau. Also kini ʻai.



I looked up the origin in Pukui dictionary. The kini in this case is a transliteration of the English word tin...from plantation days when workers brought lunches in tin pails. She also calls it 'kini 'ai, which makes sense. Where did 'o' come from?

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