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15 Words You’ll Only Understand If You Live In Hawaii

In many states, words all mean the same thing, with slight variations or intensity levels. But in Hawaii, there are several words from the Hawaiian language still used today. And if you aren’t familiar, you will be left scratching your head.

I couldn’t possibly include all the common Hawaiian words in this post, so I do hope you will forgive me – and please let me know in the comments if I missed anything major.

Megan Shute
Megan is a freelance journalist residing near Honolulu, Hawaii. Since moving to Hawaii from the mainland two years ago, she has become obsessed with hiking, beach trips, and Kona coffee.