Hawaiian Words and Phrases

How To Say It In Hawaiian On Special Occasions

Happy Anniversaryhauʻoli lā hānau
CongratulationsAloha nui
Happy BirthdayHauʻoli Lā Hānau
Happy Mothers Dayhauʻoli lā Makuahine
Happy Fathers Daylā hauʻoli nā lā
Merry ChristmasMele Kalikimaka
Happy New Yearhauʻoli makahiki hou
All my loveAloha Nui Loa
Good luckPomaikia’i
Best wisheslana ‘iʻo ka manaʻo

Most Common Hawaiian Phrases

Aloha kakahiakaGood morning
Aloha auinalaGood afternoon
Aloha ahiahiGood evening
Aloha ‘oeFarewell
E komo maiWelcome
Pomaika’iGood luck
Hana hou!One more time! Encore
MahaloThank you
KokuaHelp or support
MaukaTowards the mountain; used when giving directions.
MakaiTowards the ocean; used when giving directions.
OhanaFamily. Also used to describe close relationships beyond blood relatives like community, organization or workplace.
Kama’ianaLocals refer to this as a long time resident of Hawaii. The literal meaning is child of the land.
KeikiChild, children
LanaiPatio or balcony. Also the island of Lanai.
PauFinished, done, completed.
Pau hanaHappy hour, after work; when pau with work.

Meaning of Aloha

Aloha has a broad meaning and is used to evoke good intentions and feelings of love and affection. A salutation in greetings and departures, Aloha means hello and goodbye.

Meaning of Mahalo

Although you’ll often find the “Mahalo” printed on trash cans throughout Hawaii, Mahalo means Thank You (opala means trash in Hawaiian).
Mahalo nui loa means thank you very much.

How To Pronounce Hawaiian Words

The Hawaiian language is a simple and easy to learn language. It may seem intimidating at first, with its use of many vowels, but if you learn the basic pronunciation and take your time to break up the words in syllables, words are easy to pronounce. The Hawaiian alphabet contains 12 letters: five vowels and eight consonants. The five vowels are: A, E, I, O, U; the seven consonants are H, K, L, M N, P, W. Traditionally, native speakers pronounce the W as you would sound a V. For instance, the word Hawaii would be pronounced, huh-vai-ee.

Vowels in the Hawaiian language are pronounced as follows:

Aah, as in car
Eeh, as in set
Iee, as in bee
Ooh, as in solo
Uoo, as in spoon

Hawaiian Love Phrases

I love youAloha Au Ia ‘Oe
I desire youNou No Ka `I`ini
My belovedKu`u Lei
My precious sweetheartKo Aloha Makamae E Ipo
Warm love and affectionAloha Pumehana
All my love (often used as a sign off on a letter)Aloha Nui Loa

Hawaiian Slang Words

Howzit?How are you? Used as a greeting.
GrindsFood. “Ono grinds” or delicious food.
Da kine“You know” or whatchamacallit. Used when you don’t want to use the actual word or phrase.
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