If You Can Pronounce These 14 Words, You’ve Lived In Hawaii For Far Too Long

The Hawaiian Islands are unique in more ways than anyone can count — and that includes our language, vocabulary, and local diction. The Hawaiian language is notoriously difficult for outsiders to understand, and chances are if you can pronounce these 14 words with ease, you’re either from the islands, or have lived here long enough to be considered a true local.

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Who are we kidding? Most Hawaiian words are difficult to pronounce if you haven’t lived in the beautiful Aloha State for long. Even our most common words and phrases can be tricky to learn.