Hawaii October 06, 2017
12 Silly Sayings That Will Only Make Sense If You’re From Hawaii
The Hawaiian Islands are unique in more ways than anyone can count — and that includes our language, vocabulary, and local diction. While most people from Hawaii don’t have an accent, per se, there are a variety of words and phrases from the Hawaiian language that are still frequently used today, and that might leave visitors a little confused, to say the least. From modern slang to Pidgin terms, you’ll only hear these 12 (somewhat) silly sayings in Hawaii.
1. "Laniakea Beach has choke honu."
No, we’re not referring to the common verb in the English language. In Hawaii, choke is a slang term that means "a lot of something." Honu is the Hawaiian word for sea turtle.
2. "These ono grinds are broke da mout."
A literal definition: "this food is so delicious it broke my mouth." This is easily my favorite slang term used in Hawaii.
3. "Da Kine."
Often seen as a placeholder word with no true definition, da kine is often used as the English equivalent to whatchamacallit.
4. "You’re a pain in the Okole."
Okole is a slang term in Hawaii meaning butt.
5. "Braddah, that’s pono."
Like Da Kine, pono is another catchall word. It is often defined as righteousness, but can also mean fair, moral, or proper.
6. "Are you wearing your fancy slippahs?"
We don’t call them flip-flops in Hawaii. They are either slippers, or even better, slippahs. Everyone also owns one pair of fancy slippers reserved for weddings and events where you might be required to dress up a little.
7. "No Can."
Quite literally, "I can’t." Also potential definitions: it’s not possible, cannot.
8. "Holoholo wale."
The meaning of this phrase might not be funny, but without context, the words certainly sound silly. Holoholo directly translates to going out for a walk, ride, or sail for fun. Adding the "wale" means to wander aimlessly.
9. "Watch out for the menehune."
Hawaiian legend has it that the Menehune are a small dwarf-like species, similar to pixies or trolls, that hide deep in Hawaii’s forests and valleys, and are thought to be master builders.
10. "Let’s go grab some pupus pau hana."
Directly translating to "after work," pau hana is a celebration of the end of the work day. Oh, and pupus are simply appetizers.
11. "Howzit, braddah?"
Possibly the most common Hawaiian phrase used today, meaning "What’s up, man?"
12. "Chee Hoo!"
Instead of cheering when excited, Hawaii locals exclaim "Chee hoo!"
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