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What Language do Hawaiians Speak?

Updated on April 9, 2016

The Aloha State

Hawaii became a state August 21, 1959. It is the only state in the United States that is not part of the mainland. It is made of islands out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It is a popular and famous tourist spot with beautiful scenery. Hawaiian plantations produce about a sixth of the world's supply of pineapples.

Hawaii Tourism


awaii is world famous for its beauty and tropical climate. It has deep blue seas, brilliantly colored flowers, graceful palm trees, and plunging waterfalls. These attractions provide some of the best scenery in the United States.

Hawaii has many colorful ways of life. When vacationers arrive, the people often give them leis. (Wreaths of flowers). The visitors can enjoy feasts, folk dancing, parades, and many other special events.

The hula has become a symbol of Hawaii. Hula dancers sway their hips and wave their arms gracefully to the sweet tones of Hawaiian steel guitars.

Hawaiian Clothes


he people of Hawaii wear loose, brightly colored clothing. Many Hawaiian fashions spread throughout the United States. For example, the Hawaiian muumuu became fashionable during the 1950's. A muumuu is a loose floor length dress that was introduced in Hawaii by missionaries that objected to short skirts. The holomuu is a fitted version of the muumuu. On formal occasions, women wear the holoku, a holomuu with a train. Another Hawaiian fashion that has become wide-spread is the aloha shirt, a sport shirt with brightly colored tropical designs.

How To Speak The Hawaiian Language

This Got Messed Up and Ran Together, I Will Fix it Soon

ae-yes mahalo-thanks

ai-eat mahimahi-a delicious fish

akamai-wise, clever maikai-good, handsome, useful

ala-path, road makai-at or toward the sea

aloha-greetings, welcome, farewell malihini-newcomer

aole-no manu-bird

hale-house mauka-toward the mountains

hana-work mauna-mountain

haole-foreigner mele-song, chant

heiau-pre-Christian place of worship moana-ocean

hele mai-come here moopuna-grandchild

hiamoe-sleep nani-beautiful

hoomalimali-flattery nui-large

huhu-angry oe-you

hula-dance ohana-family

kai-sea pali-cliff

kamaaina-long resident of Hawaii pau-finished, done

kane-man pehea oe-How are you?

kapu-forbidden pilikia-trouble

kaukau-food poi-food made of taro

keiki-child pua-flower

ko-sugar cane puka-hole

kokua-help, cooperation punee-couch

lani-sky, heavenly pupule-crazy

lei-wreath wahine-woman

luau-feast wai-fresh water

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Photos and Clip Art: PD. Hawaiin Girls: Jack2205 Photos.

Did you ever visit this island paradise?

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      Aunt-Mollie 5 years ago

      I do like reading about the history of Hawaii. It was such a paradise before all of the tourists. It's still beautiful, but I wish I could have seen it before the hotels were built.

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      jseven lm 5 years ago

      Very informative and nicely done! I love Hawaii and dream of going there someday!

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      Susan R. Davis 5 years ago from Vancouver

      My parents used to live there, and I learned a lot about the Islands from them. It's a wonderful place to visit for relaxation and scenery.

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      OrganicMom247 5 years ago

      It's nice to know more about Hawaii.

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      I've never been there, but want to go.

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      June Parker 6 years ago from New York

      Have you ever been there? If not, you should visit some of my lens of the Big Island where I tell lots of stories. That's where I was born and raised. LOL.

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      Haven't been there yet. Hope to go some day.

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      miaponzo 7 years ago

      I WISH!!!!! I have never been there!

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      GabrielaFargasch 7 years ago

      I'm crazy to go to Hawaii! I'm sure I'm gonna love it, since I love the ocean and the beach....

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      Tony Payne 7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I would love to go to Hawaii one day. Need to win the lottery first, or have the book I am writing become a best seller though.

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      Senora M 7 years ago

      Cool lens. I have been to Maui and loved it. My first name is Kama and I found a keychain that says Sam/Kama. I was super excited!! :) I never find anything with my name on it!

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      A number of years I was blessed to go to Hawaii and enjoyed it so much. A wonderful place to visit. For bringing back good memories...mahalo!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I am counting on my Hawaii vacation pending on my wish list. This great Hawaii lens has again reminded me of it.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      I am hankering for another Hawaiian vacation -- I know hubby would jump at this.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you. I loved visiting Hawaii. Thank you for taking me back there

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      Snozzle 9 years ago

      Hawaii is on my list of places that I'd like to visit, looks and sounds wonderful.


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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      We have traveled Kauai twice -- I love it there! There is a very cool fisherman who runs the charter, Hawaiian Style Fishing -- Terry! He is an awesome captain.

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      Sarunas 9 years ago

      If real Hawaii is my dream land.

      I know that one day I'll travel there..

      Amazing lens 5*.

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      Tarra99 9 years ago

      -12 here today...the pics took me there! *****

      Thanks! and thanks for your input on my desktop vs laptop twttrstrm!

      ...I appreciate it!