Hawaiian & Pidgin Words and Phrases
The Hawaiian Islands are populated by a true melting pot of races. The language of Hawaii reflects the racial diversity of the islands and consists of a playful blend of Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese and English.
Towards the ocean
Towards the mountain
How are you?
A very close friend of the family
He is or She is
Where are you going tonight?
Did not see it right; read the wrong thing
Let's go to ___
Please stop, or Don't do that
All messed up
A big bully
Where are you?
What do you want?
Please don't laugh/tease
A local; a person that lives in Hawaii
Mountain; towards the mountains
Sea; towards the sea
Hawaiian or Pidgin
Howzit brah? or, in Hawaiian, Pehea Oi?
"Hanai" as in Hanai Aunt or Hanai Uncle
He stay or She stay; as in "He stay at da zoo"
Kane (pronouced kah nay)
Wahine (pronounced wah hee nay)
No ka oi or "da best"
Eh, wea you goin go tonight?
Makapi eye (pronouncma ka pee); as in "eh, you get makapi eye o wah?"
Kusai or kusai eye (dirty look)
Eh, we go ___; as in "Eh, we go beach"
Eh, no make like dat
Hamajang; as in "stay all Hamajang"
Mahalo (thanks) or Mahalo Nui Loa (Thank you very much)
Mok (male) or Tita (female)
Wea you stay?
whatch you wan? or Whatch you wan do?
No make fun
Bok bok (derogatory, pronounced book book)
Grinds, or in Hawaiian Kau Kau
Stay ono (or just Ono)
Mauna (mountain); Mauka (towards the mountain)
Kai (ocean); Makai (towards the ocean)
Ulua (big) or papio (small)
Weke (pronounced ve kee)