With only eighteen letters from which they can be formed, Hawaiian words can be a mouthful. And each one needs at least two or three English words to define it.
Take, for example, ono. It means delightful, delicious. Or, just as easily, a handbag company based in Charlestown.
That’s Ono Accessories, purveyor of sassy little clutches and elegant evening bags in woven silk and satin with accents like delicate beading and ribbons, each with a hard-to-translate Hawaiian name that suits its unique traits.
The wrist-hugging Hula (dance) and Honi (kiss) are so cute you’ll want them both. The Mele clutch promises (rather vaguely) “spiritual power,” while the Pupule is just “crazy.” And if you can’t find something you like, you can custom order.
Now, you just need to learn how to say “I’ll take them all” in Hawaiian.
Fire Opal, 329 Harvard Street, Coolidge Corner, Brookline (617-739-9066 or onoaccesories.com).