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. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:

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.