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These Tourists Try To Understand Hawaiian Pidgin… And It’s Hilarious

For many tourists who visit the Hawaiian Islands from the mainland, there can be a bit of a culture shock upon arrival – especially when it comes to food, customs and our language. After all, Hawaii is the only American state with three official languages: Hawaiian, English and Pidgin. Though born decades ago in Hawaii’s plantation fields, Pidgin was not formally recognized as an official language in Hawaii until last year.

Posted by the MMA Maui TV Show Facebook Page last weekend, this video features tourists trying to pronounce common Pidgin phrases and sentences, and then also trying to guess their meanings, and the results are absolutely hilarious.

Do you enjoy watching tourists speak Pidgin? Well then, you’ll definitely want to check out this footage of Californians trying to pronounce Hawaiian town names.

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.