30 More Hawaiian Words Every New Resident Should Know

When I wrote “35 Hawaiian Words Every New Resident Should Know” a couple months ago, I came up with so many words that I had to leave some out to keep the list to a readable length.

It’s been a while since I wrote that post, so I figured you’re probably due for another dose of Hawaiian vocabulary. Here are 30 more that you’re likely to encounter as a new resident in Hawaii.


FYI: If you don’t see certain words on here, chances are I’m saving them for two more word lists I have planned: “Pidgin, Slang, and Localisms” and “Foods Found In Hawaii.” I welcome all reader contributions to any of these lists! :)

aina (EYE-nah) – Land, especially homeland.

ali’i (ah-LEE-ee) – In Native Hawaiian history, someone of inherited nobility (the highest social class).

halau (hah-LOW) – School, group (as in halau hula).

hana (HAH-nah) – Work.

hana hou (HAH-nah HOH) – Encore, do it again.

hoku (HOH-koo) – Star.

holoholo (HOH-loh-HOH-loh) – To go out visiting; to go out for a walk or ride.

honi (HOH-nee) – Kiss.

honu (HOH-noo) – Turtle or tortoise.

hui (HOO-ee) – Club or organization, especially for business purposes.

imu (EE-moo) – Underground oven or roasting pit.

kahuna (kah-HOO-nah) – A priest or expert.

kanaka (kah-NAH-kah) – A Native Hawaiian person.

kumu (KOO-moo) – Teacher (as in kumu hula).

ku’uipo (KOO-oo-EE-poh) – Sweetheart.

lani (LAH-nee) – Heavenly.

mahu (MAH-hoo) – Homosexual or transgendered (not derogatory).

maika’i (my-KAH-ee) – Excellent, good.

maile (MY-lay) – A native Hawaiian vine with dark-green aromatic leaves that is used to make an open-ended lei that is draped around a person’s shoulders. This type of lei is usually reserved for very special occasions, like weddings, graduations, and proms.

make (MAH-kay) – Dead.

malama (mah-LAH-ma) – To take care of.

mana (MAH-nah) – In Polynesian culture, a supernatural or sacred force that can inhabit people, places, and things, thus giving them authority and power.

mauna (MOW-nah) – Mountain.

mele (MEH-lay) – Song or chant.

menehune (MEH-neh-HOO-nay) – According to Native Hawaiian legend, dwarfs that work at night building roads, temples, fishponds, canoes, and houses.

mu’umu’u (MOO-oo-MOO-oo) – A woman’s dress that drapes loosely over the body.

pali (PAH-lee) – Cliff.

paniolo (PAH-nee-OH-loh) – Hawaiian cowboy.

uku (OOH-koo) – Flea or head lice.

ukupau (OO-koo-POW) – Pay by the job, not by the hour.

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  • On February 03, 2017

14 Comments

  1. Pamela Eskue Post author

    Mahalo nui for your blog,We fell in love with Oahu since our first trip in spring 2008 .My youngest son and I will be back in 14 days.We have day trips planned and the BOB experience and also a trip to the water slide place. What I still need to find is the hike to the waterfalls where you can swim .If you can find anything on this I will be most apprieciative.Mahalo again

    1. admin Post author

      Hi, Pamela: For waterfalls that are good for swimming in, I have two recommendations: Waimea Valley on the North Shore has an easy, paved hike to a waterfall with a large swimming area. The entire park is beautiful and well worth a visit, but be aware that they do charge admission. If you don’t mind a longer, muddy hike, Maunawili Falls on the Windward (eastern) side of Oahu is a very popular swimming hole, and it’s free. For both hikes, be sure to use mosquito repellent — both places are swarming with the buggers. Have fun!

  2. Andy Post author

    Love the blog – couldn’t find anything else specifically on Aloha Attire. One phrase you seem to have forgot: da kine.

    1. admin Post author

      Hi, Andy: Glad you’re finding the blog helpful! I really need to do a word list on pidgin and “localisms” — I will definitely put “da kine” on that one! Thanks for the input.

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