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.
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.
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.
Makahiki–Year The word is not often used in colloquial mix of English and Hawaiian, which is called pidgin. It is heard very often during the holiday season near Christmas, with the message that companions with Merry Christmas, as Mele Kalikimaka and Hauoli Makahiki Hou, or Merry Christmas and Happy New … Continue reading
Pua–flower This is a word that like moana, or the word for ocean, occurs in ordinary conversation with local people and also in music. For example, the song Pua Hone, means honey flower, and is often played for hula dancers. As in: A pua of Hawaii is the hibiscus. … Continue reading
Hele–Go ahead As in: I am busy so you hele on.
Keiki–Child or infant. As in, “Be kind to your keiki.”
Beach As in: This is a beautiful kahakai in Waianae.