Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Original Akua Nani at Inn Paradise

When we found our new cats at the Humane Society almost 2 years ago we had Hawaiian names already picked out. Hana, a beautiful town on the island of Maui was our first pick. And our 2nd pick was Acua. Acua was a sweet and friendly cat that belonged to Major and Connie, the owners of Inn Paradise on the island of Kauai. http://www.innparadisekauai.com/ We loved our stay at Inn Paradise. My favorite memory was simply making breakfast and eating it on the lanai. A good breakfast would always include Papaya and soaking up the peaceful scenery of Major's backyard. If you look closely at the photo you'll see wild pigs at play. But years later when we named our cat Acua, we weren't sure if we were spelling it right. And we always wondered what Acua meant in Hawaiian. So we emailed Major this week and he got back to us right away. It turns out we've been spelling it wrong. Here is what Major said. "Akua Nani (Beautiful Spirit) is her name. Akua means God, Goddess, Spirit, image, supernatural. So it is how it is used in a sentence that the meaning is determined. Nani means beauty, beautiful. Ho'Nani means to beautify" Thanks Major! But Goddess? I think I might owe my Tomcat an apology. But I'm certainly not changing such a beautiful name! For more Cats On Tuesday visit http://www.gattinamycats.blogspot.com/


AL said...

Sometimes cat's or pet's names are derived from places or things that we are fond of. Akua is a nice and unique name for a cat. I got my cat's name Prudence from my lost adopted cat, she left the house and never came back. I use to have a dog named Noodles and Milky hee hee. And cats like Pearly from the Hawaiian song "Pearly Shells" it was a popular song then and Tiny from another Hawaiian "Tiny Bubbles". hee hee. If only cats could speak. LOL.

Thanks for sharing Sharon.


I love the name and the meaning. All
cats are beautiful, so Akua is cool
for a boy or girl. What a beautiful
place Hawaii is! Don't you miss the
winter??? Lol :)

DJan said...

That's a wonderful story, Sharon. And just the right name. What beautiful, beautiful cats! And a cool picture of you, too!

TorAa said...

very interesting.
We as well have given our cats name with a certain meaning.
Like Rosa: The Color of her nose
Felicia: Felix=Cat
Stompa: His short tail - Manx stumpy

Pam said...

That's a great name and a wonderful story. We named our cat Sassie because she liked to bite people!

Nina Crittenden said...

I had a cockatiel named Wally for many years, and he was a she. It's all good. Next time you go on a trip, can I go with you???

katztales said...

If he answers to it, he must like it. Akwa does sound very catly. Lovely name.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Sharon
All of our cats have names that did not come from any thing special.
They are just names.

The Chair Speaks said...

It is a beautiful name for a beautiful cat.

SquirrelQueen said...

Those are beautiful names for cats. I love your photos, the last one looks so peaceful and relaxed.

kanishk said...

I love the name and the meaning

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