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A hui hou
Until we meet again
Hula
The dance of Hawaii
Huli-huli
Rotisserie or 'end-over-end' as in chicken cooked this way.
Humuhumunukunukuapua'a
The State fish. A Triggerfish.
I'a
Fish
Imu
An underground oven you will see at a luau
Kahiko
Ancient hula dance
Kahu
Guardian, leader, minister
Kahuna
Expert. A priest, minister, or an expert at any profession
Kai
Sea, sea water; seaside
Kālā
Money
Kala mai ia‘u
Excuse me
Kalo
Taro
Kama‘āina
Commonly referred to a long-time resident of Hawai'i.
Kāne
A man or boy
Kanikapila
Musical jam session
Kapa
Cloth made from the bark of the wauke tree
Kapu
Sacred, taboo, forbidden, no trespassing
Keiki
Child, offspring, or children
Koa
Warrior
Kōkua
Help, aid, assistance, relief.
Kolohe
Rascal
Kuleana
Responsibility
Kulikuli
Be quiet! Shut up!
Kumu
Teacher
Kupuna
Grandparent, ancestor
A hui hou kākou
Until we meet again–said to a group
A‘ā
Sharp jagged lava rock
‘A‘ole pilikia
You're welcome/No problem
‘Ae
Yes
Ahupua‘a
Land division
‘Āina
Land, especially Hawaiian ancestral lands
Akamai
Smart, Clever, Intelligent
Akua
God
Ala
Road, way, path
Alelo
Tongue, language.
Ali‘i
Chief, chiefess, or royalty
Aloha
Love, affection; greeting, salutation; Hello! Good-bye!
Aloha ‘auinalā
Good afternoon
Aloha ‘oe
Farewell to you
Aloha ahiahi
Good evening
Aloha ‘āina
Love of the land; to nurture and care for the land.
Aloha au ia ‘oe
I love you
Aloha kakahiaka
Good morning
Aloha nui loa
Very much love
‘A‘ole pilikia
No problem, no trouble.
‘Auana
Modern; Especially relating to hula.
‘Aumakua
Ancestral spirit, family or personal gods
E Komo Mai
Welcome! Enter
Hālau
Long house, as for canoes or hula instruction; meeting house
Ku‘uipo
Sweetheart
Laki
Lucky
Lanai
A porch, patio, or balcony
Lani
Sky, the heavens
Lau
Leaf
Laule‘a
Peaceful, happy
Laulima
Cooperation
Lehua
The flower of the ‘ohi‘a tree
Lei
A necklace of flowers, leaves, shells, feathers, given as a symbol of affection;
Leilani
Heavenly flower
Lo‘i
Taro patch
Lolo
Feeble minded, numb
Lū‘au
Literally means taro leaves, but used for a Hawaiian feast
Luna
Foreman, boss, supervisor
Mahalo
Thank You
Mahalo nui loa
Thank you very much
Maha‘oi
Insolent, rude, brazen
Mahina
Moon
Maika‘i
Excellent, goodness
Maika‘i no au
I am fine
Maka
Eye
Makai
Toward the ocean
Makana
Gift, present
Makua
Parent, any relative of the parent's generation
Mālama
To take care of, preserve, protect, maintain;
Malihini
New comer, visitor
Mana‘o
Thought
Manapua
Chinese dim sum
Manini
Stingy
Manō
Shark
Manu
Bird
Manuahi
Free, gratis
Maoli
Native, indigenous, genuine.
Mau Loa
Forever
Mauka
Inland, upland, toward the mountains.
Mele
Chant or melodic song for hula dancing
Mele Kalikimaka
Merry Christmas
Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau‘oli Makahiki Hou
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Menehune
Legendary race of small people believed to have worked during the night building roads, fish ponds and temples.
Moana
Ocean
Moku
Island
Mo‘o
Lizard
Mo‘opuna
Grandchild
Nalu
Wave, surf
Nani
Pretty
Nīele
Nosy, frivolously inquisitive
Niu
Coconut
Nui
Big, large, great, or important
‘O ia mau nō
Same as usual
‘Ohana
Family, relative, kin group; related.
‘Ōkole
Ass or butt (slang)
‘Ōlelo
Language, speech, word, quotation, statement, utterance, term; to speak, say, state, talk, mention, quote, converse, tell; oral, verbatim, verbal.
‘Oli
Chant
‘Ono
Delicious or tasty, and also a large mackerel type of fish
‘Ōpala
Garbage, trash
‘Ōpū
Stomach, abdomen
Pāhoehoe
Smooth, ropey lava
Palahē
Flattened, crushed
Pali
Cliff, a steep hill or slope
Paniolo
Hawaiian cowboy
Pau
Finished, ended, all done
Pehea ‘oe?
How are you?
Pilau
Stinky, smelly
Pilikia
Troubles
Pōhaku
Stone, rock
Poi
A paste made from pounded taro root
Pakalolo
Marijuana
Pōmaika`i
Good fortune, blessing
Shell
Pua‘a
Pig
Pule
Prayer, incantation, blessing, grace; to pray, worship, ask a blessing.
Pūpū
Snacks or appetizers
Pupule
Crazy
Pu‘uwai
Heart
Tūtū
Grandfather, Grandmother
U‘i
Handsome, pretty, beautiful, youthful
‘Uku
Louse, flea. Small, tiny
Wa‘a
Canoe
Wahine
Woman, lady
Wai
Water, usually fresh water
Waipahē
Good-natured
Wikiwiki
Fast or speedy