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is it REALLY hawai'ian?

this strikes me as being just TOO close to latin "bono" for coincidence.

i would suspect it is only "hawai'ian" in the way that HAPA (half) or WIKI (quick) have come to be.

do pukui and elbert follow up on words like that? (talk) 08:28, 9 December 2012 (UTC)

No it's definitely Polynesian, not a borrowing from Latin. C.f. Marquesan "pono" meaning correct, or proper, or done properly; Māori "pono" meaning true or correct; Tuamotan "pono" meaning direct or straight ahead etc. Found in all Eastern Polynesian languages as far as I can tell. -- (talk) 16:45, 28 May 2016 (UTC)
Furthermore, wiki is not derived from English "quick" at all. It also has clear cognates in other Eastern Polynesian languages: Tahitian viti, Rarotongan viti, Tuamotan viti all meaning quick or rapid. Note the Hawaiian k corresponds to t in other Polynesian languages, as attested in other roots (e.g. Tahiti became the semi mythical homeland "Kahiki" in Hawaiian oral history). -- (talk) 16:55, 28 May 2016 (UTC)