17 Phrases That Will Make You Swear Hawaii Locals Have Their Own Language

The Hawaiian Islands are unique in more ways than any one person could count – and that includes our language, vocabulary, and local diction. While most people from Hawaii don’t exclusively speak Hawaiian – except those who call Niihau home – there are a variety of words and phrases from the Hawaiian language that are still frequently used today. From traditional Hawaiian phrases to modern slang and pidgin terms, these 17 common words and phrases used throughout the islands might make visitors swear Hawaii locals have their own language – which they technically do, of course.

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How many of these common phrases do you use on a regular basis? What about these 17 words only people from Hawaii understand?