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15 Words And Phrases People In Hawaii Just Don’t Understand

Everything about Hawaii is unique: from the scenery and popular food to the Hawaiian culture and language. Many Hawaiian words and phrases are still used today, and when you mix that with Hawaiian Pidgin – a creole English-based creole dialect – you’re left with a vocabulary unique to the islands. And while we understand what these 15 words and phrases mean, they simply aren’t in our vocabulary.

What other words can you think of that people in Hawaii just don’t understand, or use in everyday conversation?

Megan Shute
Megan is a freelance journalist residing near Honolulu, Hawaii. She is obsessed with hiking, beach trips, locally-grown coffee, and finding the best acai bowl on Oahu.