Here is a list of Hawaiian phrases that are commonly used and heard in everyday speech. Although most people speak English as their primary language, almost all who live on the Islands will know these Hawaiian sayings.
If you are Malihini.... a newcomer or visitor...learning these phrases is sure to enrich your experience of the Hawaiian culture. For help with pronunciation, read the Hawaiian Alphabet page or study the words on the Hawaiian Words page.
- A hui hou Until we meet again
- Aloha au iaoe I love you
- Aloha auninala Good afternoon
- Aloha ahiahi Good evening
- Aloha kakahiaka Good morning
- Aloha nui loa very much love
- pau hana quitting time for work
- E 'olu 'olu 'oe ? Please?
- Hana hou Do it again
- Pehea 'oe ? How are you?
- Komo Mai Come in
- Ao no ho'i ! What a terrible thing!
- Hele mai Come here
- Helo aku! Go away!
- Ka ua You and I
- Mele Kalikimaka Merry Christmas!
- Hau'oli Makahiki Hou Happy New Year!
- Mahalo nui loa Thanks very much
- Uwe! Oops! Oh, no!
- Malama pono Take care.
Special occasion phrases in Hawaiian
Here are some additional Hawaiian sayings. These are not commonly known or used, but may be useful if you are planning a Hawaiian wedding, a Lu'au, or Hawaiian themed party.
- Anniversary La ho'omana'o
- Birthday La hanau
- Happy Birthday Hau`oli la Hanau
- For Eternity No Kau a Kau
- My beloved Ku`u Lei
- Wedding Male 'ana
- Wedding feast Aha'aina male
- Celebration Ho`olaule`a
- Congratulations Ho'omaika'i 'ana
- Our Wedding Day Ko maua la male 'ana
- Shower Kua ua
- Retirement Ho’omaha loa
- Sweet Sixteen Momona 'Umi Kumaono
- Come celebrate Hele mei hoohiwahiwa
- Thank you for celebrating with us Mahalo nui loa na ho'olaule'a me la kaua
Check out the links below and on the side panel to learn more about the Hawaiian language and it's origins.
Commonly Used Hawaiian Words
Hawaiian Language Overview
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