Here is a quick guide of 12 words you should know before coming to Hawaii whether visiting or moving here:
Dakine – It’s like whatchamacallit. People refer to dakine when they are talking about a person or thing they can’t think of the name of.
Aloha – This one is easy; it means welcome and goodbye.
Mahalo – Thank you.
Ohana – Family or it can also refer to when a house has an apartment or cottage that is rented out.
Kane – Man. If you are looking for the restroom, this is a good one to know!
Wahine – Woman.
Aina – The land. And please understand that the Aina is very important in Hawaii.
Akamai – To be “with it,” to be proper, or right.
Holo holo – To wander aimlessly, to go on a journey.
Kama’aina – Somebody who is part of the community for a long time.
No Ka Oi – “Is the best”…You will often hear the phrase Maui No Ka Oi!
A Hui Hou – Goodbye.
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