kū: to stand, to stay, exist, anchor
The context of the word kū, as interpreted in this month’s ‘ōlelo no‘eau (kū i ka māna), implies that our existence tends to be attributed to those whom each of us was reared by.
This word kū is sometimes a prefix to words that exemplify or intensify the characteristics of what follows it. As we consistently practice these traits, we tend to pass on these same qualities to our children and grandchildren.
kūpono – standing up for the principles of fairness, and reason
kūnānā – puzzled, stumped (deer in the headlights)
kūnewa – to age, to pass (in time)
kūikawā – occasional, provisional, independent