Handy Hawaiian Phrases

If you are traveling to Hawaii or just trying to learn the Hawaiian Language, these are some handy Hawaiian Phrases you should probably know. Language is a great way to engage with a new culture, so if you want to get to know the Hawaiian people this is a great place to get started!

HAWAIIAN

PRONUNCIATION

ENGLISH

aina

eye-nah

land, earth

alii

ah-lee-ee

Hawaiian chiefs, royalty

aloha

ah-low-ha

love, hello, goodbye

aole

ah-oh-lay

no, not, never

hale

hah-lay

house, hut

haole

how-lay

Caucasian, stranger

hauoli

how-oh-lee

happiness

heiau

hey-ee-au

temple

hui

hoo-ee

club, association, group

hula

hoo-lah

Hawaiian dance

imu

ee-moo

underground oven

inu

in-new

drink

kahakai

ka-hak-ay

beach

kahuna

ka-hoo-na

priest

kaikamahine

kay-kah-ma-hee-nay

daughter

kala

kah-la

money

kalua

kah-loo-ah

baked shredded meat

kamalii

kah-mali-ee-ee

children

kane

kah-nay

man, masculine

kapu

kah-poo

taboo, forbidden

kaukau

kow-kow

food

keiki

kay-kee

child

keikikane

kay-kee-kah-nay

son

kokua

ko-koo-ah

help, aid, relief

kumu

koo-moo

teacher, tutor

kupuna

koo-poo-nah

grandparent, ancestor

lanai

lah-nye

porch

lei

lay

necklace of flowers

lomilomi

low-me low-me

massage

lua

loo-ah

bathroom

luau

loo-ow

Hawaiian feast

mahalo

mah-hah-low

thank you

mahina

ma-hee-nah

moon

maikai

mah-ee-kah-ee

good, fine

makaainana

mah-kah-ay-nah-nah

common people

makai

mah-kye

toward the ocean

makamaka

mah-kah mah-kah

close friend

makua

mah-koo-ah

parent, parent generation

malama

mah-lah-mah

to take care of, attend to

mauka

mah-ow-kah

toward the mountains, inland

mauna

mow-nah

mountain

mele

meh-leh

song, chant, or poem

Menehune

meh-neh-hoo-neh

legendary race of little people

muumuu

moo-moo

loose gown, dress

nalu

nah-loo

wave, to surf

nani

nah-nee

beautiful

nui

noo-ee

big

ohana

oh-hah-nah

family

olelo

oh-lay-low

language, word, quotation

ono

oh-no

delicious

pali

pah-lee

cliff

paniolo

pah-nee-oh-low

Hawaiian cowboy

pau

pow

finished

pule

poo-leh

prayer, incantation

pupu

poo-poo

hors d’oeuvre

pupule

poo-poo-lay

crazy

wahine

wah-hee-nay

woman, girl, female

wai

why

freshwater, liquid, liquor

wikiwiki

wee-kee-wee-kee

very fast, speedy

PHRASES

aloha aina

ah-low-hah eye-nah

love of the land

aloha ahiahi

ah-low-hah ah-hee-ah-hee

good evening

aloha kakahiaka

ah-low-hah kah-kah-hee-ah-kah

good morning

aloha kakou

ah-low-hah kah-koo

aloha to all, hello everyone

aloha au ia oe

ah-low-hah ow ee-ah oh-ay

I love you

aole pilikia

ah-o-lay pee-lee-kee-ah

no problem, no trouble

hauoli la hanau

how-oh-lay la ha-now

happy birthday

kamaaina

kah-mah-ay-nah

“child of the soil,” native-born or long-time resident

kanaka maoli

kah-nah-kah mah-oh-le

full-blooded Hawaiian person

kipa mai

kee-pah mah-ee

you’re welcome

mahalo nui loa

mah-ha-low new-ee low-ah

thank you very much

mai kai

mah-ee kah-ee

I am fine

okole maluna

oh-ko-lay mah-loo-nah

bottoms up

owai kau inoa?

oh-why kah-oo ee-no-ah?

What is your name?

pau hana

pow hah-nah

end of the work day

pehea oe?

pay-hay-ah oh-ay

How are you?

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