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Useful Hawaiian phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Hawaiian, a Polynesian language spoken in Hawaii.

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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 Aloha
Hello
(General greeting)
Aloha
How are you? Pehea ʻoe? (sg)
Pehea ʻolua? (dl)
Pehea ʻoukou? (pl)
Reply to 'How are you?' Maikaʻi, a ʻo ʻoe?
What's your name? ʻO wai kou inoa?
My name is ... ʻO ... koʻu inoa
Where are you from? No hea mai ʻoe?
I'm from ... No ... mai au
Pleased to meet you Hauʻoli kēia hui ʻana o kāua
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Aloha kakahiaka / Aloha awakea
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Aloha ʻauinalā
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Aloha ahiahi
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
A hui hou / Aloha
Good night A hui hou / Aloha
Good luck Pomaikaʻi! Maikaʻi Pomaikaʻi!
Cheers!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Huli pau!
ʻŌkole maluna! (bottoms up - considered vulgar by some)
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
E ʻai kāua (dl) (Let's eat!)
E ʻai kākou (pl) (Let's eat!)
I understand Maopopo i aʻu
I don't understand Maopopo iaʻu ʻole
Yes ʻAe
No ʻAʻole
Maybe Pēlā paha
I don't know ʻAʻole au i ʻike
Please speak more slowly E ʻōlelo mālie
Please write it down E kākau iho ʻoe
Do you speak English? ʻŌlelo anei ʻoe i ka ʻōlelo Pelekāne?
Do you speak Hawaiian? ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi 'oe?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
ʻAe, he liʻiliʻi
Speak to me in Hawaiian E haʻi mai i aʻu ma ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi
How do you say ... in Hawaiian? Pehea ʻoe i ʻōlelo ai ... ma ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi?
Excuse me E kala mai iaʻu!
How much is this? ʻEhia?
Sorry E kala mai iaʻu!
Please E ’olu’olu / Ke ’olu’olu
Thank you Mahalo
Mahalo nui
Mahalo iā ʻoe
Mahalo nui loa
Reply to thank you 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! Kōkua!
Kōkua mai!
Hōlina!
Fire! Ahi!
Stop! Hoʻopau!
Hoʻokū!
Christmas and New Year greetings Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou
Easter greetings Hau ʻoli Pakoa
E ʻōlelo mālie
Hau'oli Ka La i Ala Hou ai Ka Haku
Birthday greetings Hauʻoli lā hānau
One language is never enough ʻAʻole nō e lawa ka mākaukau ma hoʻokahi wale nō ʻōlelo
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Pihaʻū oʻu mokukauaheahe i nā puhi

Recordings by Naea Stevens, and some translations by Samuel M. ‘Ohukani‘ohi‘a Gon III

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Information about Hawaiian | Hawaiian phrases | Hawaiian numbers | Tower of Babel in Hawaiian |

Links

Collections of Hawaiian phrases (some with audio)
http://www.ahapunanaleo.org/learnhawaiian/learn_shortphrases.html
http://atdpweb.soe.berkeley.edu/2130/vchan/ah.html
http://www.alohafriendsluau.com/words.html
http://www.royalelephant.com/hawaii/guides/hawaiian.htm

Phrases in Austronesian languages

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