How To Say It In Hawaiian On Special Occasions
|Happy Anniversary||hauʻoli lā hānau|
|Happy Birthday||Hauʻoli Lā Hānau|
|Happy Mothers Day||hauʻoli lā Makuahine|
|Happy Fathers Day||lā hauʻoli nā lā|
|Merry Christmas||Mele Kalikimaka|
|Happy New Year||hauʻoli makahiki hou|
|All my love||Aloha Nui Loa|
|Best wishes||lana ‘iʻo ka manaʻo|
Most Common Hawaiian Phrases
|Aloha kakahiaka||Good morning|
|Aloha auinala||Good afternoon|
|Aloha ahiahi||Good evening|
|E komo mai||Welcome|
|Hana hou!||One more time! Encore|
|Kokua||Help or support|
|Mauka||Towards the mountain; used when giving directions.|
|Makai||Towards the ocean; used when giving directions.|
|Ohana||Family. Also used to describe close relationships beyond blood relatives like community, organization or workplace.|
|Kama’iana||Locals refer to this as a long time resident of Hawaii. The literal meaning is child of the land.|
|Lanai||Patio or balcony. Also the island of Lanai.|
|Pau||Finished, done, completed.|
|Pau hana||Happy 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:
|A||ah, as in car|
|E||eh, as in set|
|I||ee, as in bee|
|O||oh, as in solo|
|U||oo, as in spoon|
Hawaiian Love Phrases
|I love you||Aloha Au Ia ‘Oe|
|I desire you||Nou No Ka `I`ini|
|My beloved||Ku`u Lei|
|My precious sweetheart||Ko Aloha Makamae E Ipo|
|Warm love and affection||Aloha 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.|
|Grinds||Food. “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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