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Useful Hawaiian Terms

Blog Post created by kharada46 on Jan 22, 2013

Here are some Hawaiian terms that you may encounter on a visit to Hawaii.  Please let me know if there's anymore you hear and want to know what it means! 


Aloha:  Means hello, goodbye, and is used to represent affection.  Most often it is used to greet someone.

 

Aloha Kakahiaka:  Good Morning

 

Aloha A *** Hou:  Good-bye, until we meet again

 

A *** Hou:  Until we meet again

 

Aina:  Land

 

Mahalo:  Means thank you or thanks.

 

Mahalo Nui Loa:  Thank you very much.

 

E Komo Mai:  Welcome, Come in

 

Hana Hou:  encore


Kama’aina:  of the land, locals

 

Kane:  Man

 

Keiki:  Children

 

Lanai:  Porch, patio, balcony

 

Mauka:  mountains, towards the mountains

 

Makai:  Ocean, towards the ocean

 

Ohana:  Family

 

Pau Hana:  after work

 

Pupus:  appetizers, small bites, tapas, etc.

 

Wahine:  Woman

 

A word on pronunciation:  Hawaiian pronunciations can be tricky.  Take Like Like Highway as an example.  Most would pronounce it as "like like" right?  But, in reality the sounds more like Lee-keh Lee-keh.  What makes the pronunciations hard are the vowels, so toe help you along, here's a little guide:

 

A:  ah

E:  eh

I:  ee

O:  oh

U:  oo

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