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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
E komo mai (Come in - used when welcoming sb to your home)
Hello (General greeting) Aloha
E komo mai (Come in - used when welcoming sb to your home)
How are you? Pehea ʻoe? (sg)
Pehea ʻolua? (dl)
Pehea ʻoukou? (pl)
Reply to 'How are you?' Maikaʻi, a ʻo ʻoe? (Good, and you?)
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! Pōmaikaʻi!
Maikaʻi pōmaikaʻi!
Cheers! Good Health!
(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 iaʻu
I don't understand ʻAʻole au maopopo
Maopopo iaʻu ʻole
Yes ʻAe
No ʻAʻole
Maybe Pēlā paha
I don't know ʻAʻole au maopopo
Please speak more slowly E ʻoluʻolu e ʻōlelo mālie
E ʻōlelo mālie, ke ʻoluʻolu
Please write it down E ʻoluʻolu e kākau iho ʻoe
E kākau iho ʻoe, ke ʻoluʻolu
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, ʻano (Yes, a little)
ʻAe, ʻano hiki iaʻu ke ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi
(Yes, I speak a little Haiwaiian)
Speak to me in Hawaiian E walaʻau mai iaʻu 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 kēia?
Sorry E kala mai iaʻu!
Please E ʻoluʻolu ...
... ke ʻoluʻolu (used at the end of a phrase)
Thank you Mahalo
Mahalo nui
Mahalo iā ʻoe
Mahalo nui loa
Reply to thank you ʻAʻole pilikia (No problem)
Noʻu ka hauʻoli (The pleasure is mine)
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Aia i hea i 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 greetings Mele Kalikimaka
New Year greetings Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou
Easter greetings Hauʻoli Pakoa
Hauʻoli Ka lā i ala hou ai ka Haku
Birthday greetings Hauʻoli lā hānau
Congratulations! Ho’omaika’i!
One language is never enough ʻAʻole nō e lawa ka mākaukau ma hoʻokahi wale nō ʻōlelo
My hovercraft is full of eels Pihaʻū oʻu mokukauaheahe i nā puhi

Recordings by Naea Stevens, and translations and corrections by Samuel M. ‘Ohukani‘ohi‘a Gon III, CJ Maglinti and Lei Mahi

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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 Polynesian languages

Hawaiian, Māori, Niuean, Rapa Nui, Samoan, Tahitian, Tokelauan, Tongan, Tuvaluan

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