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6 years ago

I

ihu nose
ikaika strong
`ilio doginu drink
imu underground pit oven used in luau

K

ka'a automobile
kahakai
beach
kahiko
traditional, old, ancient
Kohala humpback whale
kai ocean, ocean water
kala dollar, money
kalo taro
kama`aina native-Hawaiian or long-time resident
kama'a 'ole barefoot
kapa moe blanket
kapu
forbidden, sacred
kaukau food
kini aluminum can
koa strong, soldier, native acacia tree
kui to string as a lei
kokoke close, near, almost
kokua help, cooperation
kono invite

L

lama pa'ipa'i cocktail
lanai
porch, veranda
lanakila to have victory
lani heavenly
laulima cooperate
lei garland of flowers, leaves, nuts, or shells lewa  air
lima
arm (body part)
limu
seaweed
lole 'au'au  bathing suit
lolo crazy
lua bathroom, toilet
lu`au feast
luakini temple for human sacrifice

M

mahalo thank you
mahimahi dolfin fish
mahina  moon
maika`i good
makaainana commoner
makahiki Ancient Hawaiian celebration held annually with sports and religious festivities
maka`ika`i tour, sight see
makai towards the ocean
makana gift
malihini newcomer, visitor
mana spiritual power
mana`o think
mauka inland, towards the mountains mauna mountain
maunu bait
mele song, sing
menehune mythical elf like people who are rumored to have inhabited the Hawaiian islands before Polynesians
moe'uhane  dream
moku island
mokulele airplane
moana ocean, sea
mo`o lizard, reptile water spirit
mu’umu’u long and loose fitting dress

N & O

na`au pretty
nai'a dolphin
nani beautiful, enjoyable
napo'o 'ana o ka la sunset
nene endangered Hawaii native goose
niu coconut
nohea handsome, lovelinessola healthy, alive
`olu`olu nice, pleasant
`oma`ima`i not feeling well
`ono delicious
`opala trash

P

pa`akiki stubborn
pahoehoe smooth lava
palama palm tree
pa'i palaoa cake
pali cliff
pau done, completed
pinao  dragonfly
pipi cow
pohaku stone, rock
poi pounded taro root pololi hungry
pomaika'i good fortune/good luck
pu`iwa surprise
puka hole
pulehu cook over hot coals
pulelehua  butterfly
punahele favorite
pupu appetizer, snack
pupule crazy
pu`u hill, cinder cone

U & W

ua rain
ue cry
u`i youthful looking, beautiful
uku pay
ukulele stringed instrument, small guitar wa`a canoe
wai water (not salt water)
wikiwiki quickly, fast
wiwi skinny

 

6 years ago

People Titles in Hawaiian

alaka’i leader
ali`i Hawaiian royalty
`anakala uncle
`anake aunt
haumana student
hoahanau cousin
hoa kula classmate
hoaloha
beloved friend
hoapili close friend
kahu lio groom
kahuna priest
kahuna pule pastor
kaikamahine daughter
kaikua'ana older brother of a male
kaikaina younger brother or sister of the same sex
kaiko'eke brother in law
kaikua'ana older sister of a female
kaikunane older brother of a male
kaikuahine
sister of a male
kahuna priest, skilled person, expert in a field
kamali`i children
kanaka human
kane man
kane male married mankupunakane grandfather, grandpa, granpa, grampy, gramps, papa, pops
kupunawahine grandmother, grandma, granma, granny, grammy, grams, nana
keiki
child, children, kid, kids, offspring
keikikane son
koa soldier
kumu teacher
kupuna grandparent
ku`uipo sweetheart
lawai`a fisherman
makamaka intimate friend
makua parent
makuahine mother, mom, mama, mommy
makuakane father, dad, pa, daddy
mo`i royalty, King or Queen
mo`opuna grandchild
ohana family
paniolo cowboy
wahine woman
wahine makua sister in law
wahine male married woman
wahine male hou bride 

Additional Hawaiian 
Vocabulary Words

A

a`a sharp jagged lava rock
`a`ala smell good
ae yes
ahe  breeze
ahi fire
ahi`ahi evening
'ahui mai'a banana bunch
`aina land, earth
'Aina Kakahiaka breakfast
alanui  street
`aka`aka laughakahele be careful of
akamai smart, intellegent
aloha
is a greeting used to say hello or goodby. Aloha can also mean love.
anuanu cold
anuenue rainbow
a'ole - no
`auinala afternoon
`aumakua family guardian spirits
apolima bracelet
awakea noontime
'awe backpack

H

hahai follow
hakaka fight
hala kahiki pineapple
halau hula troupe
hale house, building
hana work, bay
hanau give birth
haole foreigner, Caucasian
hapa mix
hapai pregnant
hapalua half
hau`oli happy
heiau ancient Hawaiian religious temple
hohono smell bad
ho`i mai come back
hoku star
holoholo to walk or travel for funhoni kiss
honu turtle
ho`okipa hospitality
ho'okomo  enter, come in
ho`oku`i to join together
ho`olauna introduce
ho`olohe listen
ho`omo`a cook
ho`opono faithful
hu hu angry, agitated
hui group organization
hu'i hu'i  cool
hula Hawaiian form of communication using dance
huli turn
Humuhumunukunukuapua'a Picasso triggerfish (State Fish)
6 years ago

Holidays Hawaiian Style

Happy Thanksgiving ~ Hau’oli La Ho’omakika’i (pronounced how-oh-lay la ho-o-ma-key-kah-ee)
Happy Holidays ~ Hau’oli Lanui (pronounced how-oh-lay la-new-ee)
Merry Christmas ~ Mele Kalikimaka (pronounced may-lay ka-lee-key-ma-ka)
Happy Hanukkah ~ Hau’oli Hanukaha (pronounced how-oh-lay ha-new-ka-ha)
Happy Kwanzaa ~ Hau’oli Kawanaka (pronounced how-oh-lay ka-wa-na-ka)
Happy New Year ~ Hau’oli Makahiki Hou (pronounced how-oh-lay ma-ka-hee-key ho)
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year ~ Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau'oli Makahiki Hou
Happy Hanukkah and New Year ~ Hau'oli Hanukaha me ka  Makahiki Hou

Happy Birthday ~ Hau`oli la Hanau (pronounced how-oh-lay la ha-now)
Happy Anniversary ~ Hau`oli la Ho'omana'o (pronounced how-oh-lay la ho-o-ma-na-o)
Happy Retirement ~
Hau`oli la Ho’omaha loa (pronounced how-oh-lay la ho-o-ma-ha low-a)
Happy Sweet 16 ~
Hau`oli Momona 'Umi Kumaono  (pronounced how-oh-lay mo-mo-na oo-me ku-ma-o-no)


Popular Hawaiian Phrases

A hui hou kakou Until we meet again
Aloha kakahiaka Good morning
Aloha `auinala Good afternooon
Aloha ahiahi Good evening
Aloha `oe Farewell to you
A`ole pilikia No problem
Hana Hou! One more time!
Kipa hou mai Come visit again Mahalo Thank you
Mahalo nui loa
Thank you very much
Malu No Reserved For (This is ideal for place card settings)
Me ka `oia`i`o With sincerity
Mau Loa Forever
Nau wale no Just for you
`O wai kou inoa? What is your name?
Pomaika`i Good Luck

Hawaiian Words & Phrases to Express Love

These Hawaiian Words and Phrases are ideal for Valentines, love notes, wedding invitations, wedding announcements, wedding gift thank you notes, and to add a Hawaiian flare to any wedding ceremony. If you choose to use Hawaiian phrases be sure to also provide the English translation so the phrase and your sentiment can be understood.

'Aha'aina Male ~ Wedding Feast
Aloha Au Ia 'Oe ~ I Love You
Aloha Aku No, Aloha Mai No ~ I give my love to you, you give your love to me
Aloha Kaua ~ may there be love between us (said to one person)
Aloha Kakou ~ may there be love between us (said to more than one person)
Aloha No Au Ia 'Oe ~ I Truly Love You
Aloha Nui Loa ~ All my love
Aloha Pumehana ~ warm love, affection
E Hoomau Maua Kealoha ~ May our love last forever
E Kipa Mai ~ Come to me
E Ku'u Aloha ~ My Love
Eia Au, Eia 'Oe ~ Here I am, here you are
Hele Mai 'Oe I Ko Maua Male 'Ana ~ Come to our wedding

Ho'i Hou Ke Aloha ~ Let us fall in love all over again
Hokeo - to secretly love
Ia Iho Ke Aloha ~
To my love
Ka Honi Mai Me Ke Aloha ~ And with love is a kiss
Ke Aloha
~ Beloved
Kipona Aloha ~ Deep love

Ko Aloha Makamae E Ipo ~ Sweetheart you are so precious
Ko`u Aloha
~ My Love
Ku`u Lei ~ My beloved
Ma'ane'i No Ke Aloha ~ For love is here and now
Mahalo E Ke Akua No Keia La ~ Thanks be to God for this day
Male 'ana ~ Wedding
Male Ana E Pili Mai Aloha Kaua ~ We two will cling to love in marriage
Mau Loa ~ Forever
Mea Aloha ~ loved one
Me Ke Aloha ~ With love
Me Ke Aloha Pumehana ~ With the warmth of my love
Nau ko`u aloha ~ My love is yours
Na'u `oe ~ You're mine
No Kau a Kau ~ For Eternity
No Keia La, No Keia Po, A Mau Loa ~ From this day, from this night, forever more
Nou No Ka `I`ini ~ I desire you
'O Ku'u Aloha No 'Oe ~ You are indeed my love
Pa'ipunahele ~ An expression of love for a favorite
Pilialoha

6 years ago

Hawaiian Days/Months

Sunday - Lapule (lay-poo-lay )  
Monday - Po’akahi (poh ah-kah-hee) 
Tuesday - Po’alua (poh ah-loo-ah) 
Wednesday - Po’akolu  (poh ah-ko-loo) 
Thursday - Po’aha  (poh ah-ha) 
Friday - Po’alima  (poh ah-lee-mah) 
Saturday - Po ‘aono  (poh ah-o-no) 

January - ‘Iaunuali (ee-ya-oo new-ahlee) 
February - Pepeluali  (pay-pay loo-ahlee ) 
March - Malaki (ma-la-key) 
April - ‘Apelila (ah-pe-lee-la) 
May - Mei (may-ee) 
June - Iune (ee-oo-ney) 
July - Iulai (ee-oo-la-ee) 
August - ‘Aukake (ah-oo-ka-key) 
September - Kepakemapa (key-pa-key-ma-pa) 
October - 'Okakopa (oh-ka-ko-pa) 
November - Nowemapa (No-vay-ma-pa) 
December - Kekemapa (key-key-ma-pa) 

Hawaiian Phrases For Hawaii Theme Party & Luau Invitations

Invited: Kono
Invitation: Palapala kono
Date/Time: Manawa
Place: Kauwahi
Directions: 'Ao'ao
Bring: Lawe mai
Attendance: Ma’ane’i
Reply/answer: Hua loa’a
I am coming/I will come: E hele mai ana au
I am busy: Pa`ahana nõ au
Don’t forget: Mai poina!
Anniversary: La ho'omana'o
Baby: Keiki or pepe
Birthday: La hanau
Come and eat: Mai e `ai
Celebration: Ho`olaule`a
Congratulate: Ho'omaika'i
Congratulations: Ho'omaika'i 'ana
Our Wedding Day: Ko maua la male 'ana
Promotion/promote: Ho’opi’i
Retirement/retire: Ho’omaha loa
Shower:
Kuaua
Wedding: Male 'ana
Wedding feast: 'Aha'aina male
Sweet Sixteen: Momona 'Umi Kumaono
Please join us: Ho'olu komo la kaua
Come celebrate:
Hele mei hoohiwahiwa
Come celebrate Taylor's first birthday: Hele me hoohiwahiwa Taylor’s mua loa la hanau
Come celebrate Joe’s 30th birthday: Hele me hoohiwahiwa Joe’s 30th la hanau
Come celebrate the wedding of Bob & Sue : Hele mei hoohiwahiwa Bob a me Sue’s la male’ana
Come celebrate our wedding day: Hele mei hoohiwahiwa ko maua la male 'ana
Come celebrate Jack & Jill's 25th Anniversary: Hele me hoohiwahiwa Jack & Jill's 25th la ho'omana'o
Come celebrate George's retirement: Hele me hoohiwahiwa George's ho'omaha loa
Come celebrate Sharilyn's promotion: Hele me hoohiwahiwa Sharilyn's ho'opi'i
Come to Tiffany's baby shower luau: Hale mai Tiffany's pepe kuaua luau
Thank you for celebrating with us: Mahalo nui loa na ho'olaule'a me la kaua


6 years ago

Mahalo: thank you. Mahalo nui loa: thank you very much.
Makai: toward the sea.
Malihini: a newcomer to the Islands.
Mana: the spiritual power that the Hawaiians believed to inhabit all things and creatures.
Mauka: toward the mountains.
Mauna: mountain.
Mele: chant, song, anthem. Merry Christmas: Mele Kalikimaka.
Menehune: a legendary race of little people who worked at night building fish ponds, roads and temples.
Moana: the ocean.
Muumuu: a loose gown or dress.
Nani: beautiful.
Nui: big.
Oli: a chant that was not danced to.
Ono: delicious
Pahoehoe: smooth lava.
Pahu: drum.
Pali: a cliff, precipice.
Paniolo: a Hawaiian cowboy.
Pau: finished, done.
Puka: a hole.
Pupu: hors d'oeuvres
Wahine: a female, a woman, a wife.
Wai: fresh water, as opposed to saltwater, which is kai.
Wikiwiki: to hurry, hurry up.

6 years ago

Aa: rough, crumbling lava.
Ae: yes.
Ahupuaa: land division usually extending from the mountains to the sea.
Akamai: smart, clever.
Akua: god, goddess, spirit, ghost, devil, image, idol, corpse; divine, supernatural, godly.
Ala: a road, path, or trail.
Alii: a Hawaiian chief, Hawaiian royalty.
Aloha: love, affection, kindness. Also means both greetings and farewell.
Aole: no.
Aumakua: family or personal gods, deified ancestors who might assume the shape of, for example, a shark, owl, dog, hawk, plant, or cloud.
Hale: a house.
Haole: white person. Formerly any foreigner.
Hapa: a part, sometimes a half.
Hauoli: to rejoice. Hauoli Makahiki Hou: Happy New Year.
Heiau: an ancient Hawaiian temple.
Hele: to go, come, walk.
Holo: to run.
Hookipa: hospitality.
Huhu: angry.
Hui: a group, club, or assembly.
Hula: the dance of Hawaii.
Imu: underground oven.
Ipo: sweetheart.
Ipu: the bottle gourd used as a receptacle, dance rattle and drum.
Iwi: bone.
Ka: the definite article.
Kahuna: a priest, doctor, or other trained person of old Hawaii, endowed with special professional skills that often included the gift of prophecy or other supernatural powers.
Kai: the sea, saltwater.
Kalo: the taro plant from whose root poi is made.
Kamaaina: literally, a child of the soil, it refers to people who were born in the Islands or have lived in Hawaii for a long time.
Kanaka: originally a man or humanity in general, it is now used to denote a male Hawaiian or part-Hawaiian.
Kane: a man, a husband.
Kapa: also called tapa, a cloth made of beaten bark.
Kapu: taboo, keep out, prohibited, sacred.
Kapuna: grandparent, ancestor, elder.
Keiki: a child.
Kokua: help.
Kuleana: responsibility, concern, property.
Lanai: a porch, balcony or deck.
Lani: heaven, the sky.
Lauhala: the leaf of the hala or pandanus tree, widely used in Hawaiian handcrafts.
Lei: a garland of flowers.
Lokahi: unity, agreement, harmony.
Luau: Hawaiian feast. In the past the word for feast was paina

6 years ago

lei
{noun} Garland, wreath; necklace of flowers, leaves, shells, ivory, feathers, or paper, given as a symbol of affection; beads; any ornament worn around the head or about the neck; to wear a lei; crown.

lu'au
{noun} Hawaiian feast, named for the taro tops always served at one. This is not an ancient name, but goes back at least to 1856, when so used by the Pacific Commercial Advertiser newspaper; formerly a feast was pa'ina or 'aha'aina.

mahalo
{noun-transitive verb} 1. Thanks, gratitude; to thank. 2. Admiration, praise, esteem, regards, respects; to admire, praise, appreciate.

makai
{noun-stative verb} On the seaside, towards the sea, in the direction of the sea.

makua
{noun-stative verb} Parent, any relative of the parent's generation, as uncle, aunt, cousin; progenitor; main stalk of a plant; adult; full-grown, mature, older, senior.

malama
{noun-transitive verb} To take care of, tend, attend, care for, preserve, protect, maintain; care, preservation, support, fidelity, loyalty; caretaker, keeper.

malihini
{noun-stative verb} Stranger, foreigner, newcomer, tourist, guest, company; one unfamiliar with a place or custom; new, unfamiliar, unusual, rare, introduced, of foreign origin; for the first time.

mauka
{noun} Inland, upland, towards the mountain, in the direction of the uplands.

mele
{noun-transitive verb} Song, anthem, or chant of any kind; poem, poetry; to sing, chant.

nalu
{noun-transitive verb} Wave, surf; full of waves; to form waves; wavy, as wood grain.

'ohana
{noun-stative verb} Family, relative, kin group; related.

'olapa
{noun} Dancer, as contrasted with the chanter or ho'opa'a (memorizer); now, any dance accompanied by chanting and drumming on a gourd drum.

'olelo
{noun-transitive verb} Language, speech, word, quotation, statement, utterance, term; to speak, say, state, talk, mention, quote, converse, tell; oral, verbatim, verbal.

oli
{noun-transitive verb} Chant that was not danced to, especially with prolonged phrases chanted in one breath; to chant thus.

'ono
{noun-transitive verb} Delicious, tasty, savory; to relish, crave; deliciousness, flavor, savor.

pilikia
{noun-intransitive verb} Trouble of any kind, great or small; problem, nuisance, bother, distress, adversity, affliction, accident, difficulty, inconvenience, perturbation, tragedy, lack; in trouble, troubled, bothered, cramped, crowded. See 'a'ole pilikia.

pule
{noun-transitive verb} Prayer, incantation, blessing, grace; to pray, worship, ask a blessing.

'ukulele
{noun} A four-stringed instrument shaped similar to a very small guitar. [Literally defined as "leaping flea"; probably derived from the Hawaiian nickname of Edward Purvis, who was small and quick and who popularized this instrument brought to Hawai'i by the Portuguese in 1879.]

wai
{noun-stative verb} Water, liquid or liquor or any kind other than sea water; to flow, like water, fluid.

wikiwiki
{stative verb} Fast, speedy; to hurry, has

Hawaiian Language
6 years ago
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NATIVE TONGUE A HAWAIIAN GLOSSARY Author: E. Kalani Flores

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'aina
{noun} Land, earth.

alelo
{noun} Tongue, language.

aloha
{noun-transitive verb, noun-stative verb} Love, affection, compassion, mercy, sympathy, pity, kindness, sentiment, grace, charity; greeting, salutation, regards; sweetheart, lover, loved one; beloved, loving, kind, compassionate, charitable, lovable; to love, be fond of; to show kindness, mercy, pity, charity, affection; to venerate; to remember with affection; to greet, hail. Greetings! Hello! Good-by! Farewell! Alas!

aloha 'aina
{noun-verb} Love of the land; to nurture and care for the land.

halau
{noun} Long house, as for canoes or hula instruction; meeting house.

hele
{noun-intransitive verb} To go, come, walk; going, moving.

hula
{noun-transitive verb} 1. A dance characterized by rhythmic body movements, a hula dancer; to dance the hula. 2. Song or chant used for the hula; to sing or chant for a hula.

huli
{intransitive verb} To turn, reverse; to curl over, as a breaker; to change, as an opinion or manner of living.

kai
{noun-stative verb} Sea, sea water; area near the sea, seaside, lowlands; tide, current in the sea.

kama'aina
{noun-intransitive verb} Native-born, one born in a place, host; acquainted, familiar. [Commonly referred to a long-time resident of Hawai'i, as distinguished from a visitor.]

kanaka maoli
{noun} Full-blooded Hawaiian person. [Also refers to an indigenous person of Hawai'i whose ancestry predates the arrival of Captain Cook in 1778, such as a Native Hawaiian.]

kapa
{noun} Tapa, as made from the inner bark of various plants.

ki'i pohaku
{noun} Stone carving, petroglyph.

kokua
{noun-transitive verb} Help, aid, assistance, relief, assistant, associate, deputy, helper; co-operation; to help, assist, support, accommodate.

kumu
{noun} 1. Teacher, tutor. 2. Beginning, source, origin; starting point. 3. Bottom, base, foundation, basis, main stalk of a tree, trunk, handle, root; hereditary, fundamental. 4. Reason, cause, goal, justification, motive, grounds, purpose, object, why.

kupuna
{noun} 1. Grandparent, ancestor, relative or close friend of the grandparent's generation, grandaunt, granduncle. 2. Starting point, source; growing.

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