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Common Hawaiian Words Defined

 

 

ae (yes)
'au'au (to bathe or take a shower)
ahupuaa (division of land stretching from mountains to sea)
Akua, Makua (god)
aina (land, earth)
alii (Hawaiian royalty)
aloha (a fond greeting or farewell , the spirit of Hawaii)
a hui hou (until we meet again)
aole (no)


ewa (westward)

halau (house for hula training; hula troupe)
hale (house or building)
hana (work; bay)
haole (foreigner, Caucasian)
hapa (half, person of mixed ancestry)
heiau (ancient Hawaiian religious temple)
ho'ohanohano (honor)
ho'oponopono (to correct)
ho'omana (religion)
hoku (star)
huhu (angry, agitated)
hui (group organization)
huli (to turn or flip over)
hula (uniquely Hawaiian form of dance, communication, often through stories)

i keia manawa (now)
imu (underground pit oven used in luau)

kahiko (traditional, old)
kohala (humpback whale)
kahuna (priest, expert in a field)
kahuna lapa'au (A healer or doctor)
kai (ocean, ocean water)
kalo, taro (a broad-leafed plant that produces starchy roots)
kamaaina (local or long-time resident)
kane (man)
kane (the spirit or super conscious)
kapu (tax, forbidden)
keiki (child; offspring)
kipuka (oasis of undisturbed land within a lava field)
koa (largest of native trees)
kokua (help, cooperation)
kona (leeward, leeward wind)
koolau (windward side of island)
ku (the heart, the body or subconscious)
kumu (teacher)
kumu hula (teacher of Hawaiian dance)
kupuna (grandparent, ancestor)

la (sun)
la'au lapa'au (medicine, curing medicine)
lanai (porch veranda)
lae (cape, point)
lei (garland of flowers, leaves or shells)
lima, manamana (hand)
lokahi (unity, to blend opposites)
lolo (feeble minded)
lomilomi (massage)
lono (the mind, or conscious mind)
luakini (temple for human sacrifice)
luau (feast)


mahalo (thank you)
mahalo, 'ihi, ho 'ihi (respect)
mahimahi (dolfinfish)
mahina (moon)
makaainana (commoner)
makahiki (celebration held annually with sports and religious festivities)
makai (towards the ocean)
makuahine (mother)
makua kane (father)
malihini (newcomer, visitor)
mana (spiritual power)
mana, lima ikaika (power)
mauka (inland, towards the mountains)
mauna (mountain)
mea huna (secret)
menehune (legendary little people who inhabited islands before Polynesians)
moku (island)
moana (ocean, sea)
mo'olelo (tradition)
moo (lizard, reptile, dragon, water spirit)
muumuu (long and loose fitting dress)


nani (beautiful)
nene (rare native goose)

'ono (delicious, tasty, savory)
'opu (stomach)

pahoehoe (smooth lava)
pali (cliff, precipice)
paniolo (cowboy)
piko (umbilical cord, navel)
pili 'uhane (spiritual)
pohaku (rock, stone)
poi (a Hawaiian staple made from cooked taro)
poke (raw fish chunks mixed with seaweed)
po'okela (best, supreme, foremost)
pua'a (a pig or hog)
puka (hole, shell)
pupu (appetizer, snack)
puu (hill, cinder cone)
puuhonua (place of refuge)
tutu (grandmother)

'uhane, wailua (spirit)
'ukulele (a musical Hawaiian string instrument, introduced by the Portuguese)
'ulu maika (stone used in playing the maika game (bowling)
umeke (bowl, calabash, as of wood or gourd)


wahine (woman or women)
wai'ona (spirits)
wai (fresh water)
wailele (waterfall)
weke (several species of edible, goatfish that inhabit Hawaiian reefs)
wikiwiki (quickly)

The Hawaiian Islands: O'ahu, Maui, Kaua'i, Hawai'i, Moloka'i, Lana'i, Ni'ihau and Kaho'olawe.

 
 

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