Mahalo nui loa–Thank you very much Mahalo nui loa for the wonderful dinner we had yesterday evening.
Komo mai–Come in, come together People should komo mai, like people should, rather than drift apart or not form bonds of friendship or community.
Makuahine–Mother Makuahine is a great cook, and I always look forward to visits when I can taste some of her wonderful Hawaiian dishes.
Aloha nui loa–Very much love As in: I told him, “Aloha nui loa.” He told me he loves me too.
Makamaka: Friend As in: He is my makamaka even in very difficult times.
Many people of Hawaiian ancestry are deeply religious. Mostly Christian, they nevertheless revere their ancestors and traditions, sometimes mixing ancient beliefs with those of Christianity. Certain words and phrases demonstrate their beliefs, especially in the Divine. As in: Aloha ke akua: God is love.
Akamai: Clever or intelligent. Doesn’t relate to book learning but more an understanding of things, an understanding of the culture and what is acceptable and what is forbidden. One authority quotes the notion that in Polynesia there is a saying, “Many are smart, few are akamai.” As in, “He enjoys … Continue reading
Malama pono–Be careful Malama pono and ask about where is best to swim, as there are undertows near the shoreline that can be particularly strong during the winter months in Hawaii.
Haupia–Coconut pudding One of the best desserts, and a regular part of a special plate lunch is haupia. If you love coconut and pudding that has a solid, sweet, but not overly sweet taste, and that leaves a soft, satiny taste in the mouth, then you will love this special … Continue reading
Ali’i–Chief As in–He was a member of the ali’i, or an island chief, having authority over much of the community life in collaboration with others, to make sure tasks were completed and the areas protected. Very often, one will see reference to the Ali’i, which indicates membership in an elite … Continue reading