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Useful Hawaiian phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Hawaiian with recordings for most of them.

Click on the English phrases to see them in many other languages.

Guide to abbreviations: inf = informal, frm = formal, sg = singular (to one person), dl = dual (to two people), pl = plural (to three or more people).

English ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian)
Welcome/Hello Aloha
How are you?
Fine, and you?
Pehea ʻoe? (sg)
Pehea ʻolua? (dl)
Pehea ʻoukou? (pl)
Maikaʻi, a ʻo ʻoe?
What's your name?
My name is ...
ʻO wai kou inoa?
ʻO ... koʻu inoa
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
No hea mai ʻoe?
No ... mai au
Pleased to meet you Hauʻoli kēia hui ʻana o kāua
Good morning Aloha kakahiaka / Aloha awakea
Good afternoon Aloha ʻauinalā
Good evening Aloha ahiahi
Goodbye / Good night A hui hou / Aloha
Good luck Pomaikaʻi! Maikaʻi Pomaikaʻi!
Cheers/Good health! Huli pau!
ʻŌkole maluna! (bottoms up - considered vulgar by some)
Bon appetit E ʻai kāua (dl), E ʻai kākou (pl) - Let's eat!
I don't understand Maopopo iaʻu ʻole
Please speak more slowly E ʻōlelo mālie
Please write it down E kākau iho ʻoe
Do you speak Hawaiian?
Yes, a little
ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi 'oe?
ʻAe, he liʻiliʻi
Excuse me/Sorry E kala mai iaʻu!
How much is this? ʻEhia?
Please E ’olu’olu / Ke ’olu’olu
Thank you


Response
Mahalo
Mahalo nui
Mahalo iā ʻoe
Mahalo nui loa
ʻAʻole pilikia
He mea iki
Ka hauʻoli naʻu
Where's the toilet? Aia i hea ka lua?
I love you Aloha Au Ia ʻOe / Aloha No Au Ia ʻOe
Get well soon E ola
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
Kōkua! Kōkua mai! Hōlina!
Ahi!
Hoʻopau! Hoʻokū!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou
Happy Easter Hau ʻoli Pakoa
E ʻōlelo mālie
Hau'oli Ka La i Ala Hou ai Ka Haku
Happy Birthday Hauʻoli lā hānau
One language is never enough ʻAʻole nō e lawa ka mākaukau ma hoʻokahi wale nō ʻōlelo

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