If you are walking along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki you may notice some Hawaiian Words and Meanings on the sidewalk. It is a fun Scavenger Hunt to look for these Hawaiian Words between stops at the Surf Shops, Restaurants and Hawaii ABC Stores!
ALOHA greetings, regards, kindness, compassion, affection, love
MALIHINI foreigner, newcomer, guest, company
KULEANA responsibility, concern, right, privilege
PAU finished, ended
MAUKA inland, towards the mountain
MAHALO thanks, gratitude
WAIKIKI spouting water
‘OPALA trash, rubbish
‘AINA land, earth
HONOLULU sheltered bay
MAKAI towards the sea
KEIKI child, offspring
The Hawaiian alphabet contains 12 letters A, E, I, O, U, H, K, L, M, N, P, W and the ‘okina which is a glottal stop ‘.
All Hawaiian words end in a vowel and two consonants never appear next to each other.
Some additional words that may come in handy on your Hawaii Vacation include:
E Komo Mai Welcome!
Hana hou Encore, do it again. (This is also the name of Hawaiian Airlines Magazine)
Alii Chief (Check out the Chief of Chief’s Luau)
Honu A turtle (Swim with Honu on Hawaii Snorkel Tours)
Hula Hawaiian dance (Learn the Hula at a Hawaii Luau)
Kahuna Expert, usually refers to a priest, minister, or person held in esteem.
Lei A necklace of flowers, shells or kukui nuts (Start your Hawaii Vacation with a Lei Greeting)
Luau Hawaiian feast or party (Attend a Luau on your Hawaii Vacation)
Ohana Family, relative
Ono Used to describe delicious food (Check out my list of Top 10 Hawaiian Foods)
Paniolo Hawaiian cowboy
Poi Food made from the Taro root. A staple of the Hawaiian diet.
Pupus Snacks or appetizers
Tutu Affectionate word for a grandparent
Wikiwiki Speedy or fast
A Hui Hou Goodbye, until we meet again
I hope these Hawaiian Words and Hawaiian Phrases will help you out on your Hawaii Vacation! If you have any useful Hawaiian Words and Phrases to share please leave them in the comments below!