You’re Not A True Hawaii Local Unless You Understand These 19 Words

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, you’re not a true Hawaii local unless you understand (and maybe even use) these 19 common words and phrases. 

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

So, tell us: how many of these words and phrases do you understand? What other phrases should everyone who lives in or moves to Hawaii know? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.