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We have been friends since “hanabata days” Hawaiian term used for the days of childhood but it really means from the days we had snotty noses, and we are more like sisters than friends.
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vmarinelli commented on the word hanabata
Pidgin term popular in Hawai'i for, well, snot. As Jimmy Hapa explains in his definition for a related phrase, hanabata days at the Urban Dictionary, it is
derived from the Japanese word "hana", meaning 'nose', and the English word "butter", which in spoken in Hawaiian pidgin can sound like 'bata.'
February 6, 2007