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