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Friday, 19 June 2015

Pana Po'o: phrase to use today.


You know you know it, but it seems as if squirrels have been rifling through your mental filing system and nothing is where it should be.

What is the name of the largest island of Hawaii?

You scowl into space, you pull at your lips, but the name of the largest island of Hawaii is hidden deep in your memory and it's like searching for a speck of nutmeg in a blancmange that's been left on a high shelf in a completely dark larder.

So what do you do?

Pana po'o.

And then you remember: of course! It's Hawaii!

I can only think it's magic, a bit like finding the speck of nutmeg in the blancmange without actually going into the larder.

Still, who doesn't enjoy a little magic from time to time?

Gorilla Scratching Head.jpg
"Gorilla Scratching Head" by Steven Straiton. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Phrase to use today: pana po'o. Pana po'o is the Hawaiian phrase for the action of scratching the head in order to help you remember something.


  1. Just told my sister in Hawaii re: Pana Po'o. She thought
    that saying a good one...

    1. That's great, thanks. It's always worth a try all over the world. Now where did I leave my...thingies..?