Words to live by when visiting Hawaii

With two official languages, English and Hawaiian – locals would appreciate you learning a few key words prior to your visit.  English is the main language spoken but travel is about experiencing something new so embrace and adapt as much as possible.  Here is a short list of words and phrases that can be put to use.

Spirit of the Island

Aloha: greeting & parting but also love and an action verb for the things you do

Ex. live, surf with aloha

Mahola: thank you

Kōkua: help or support

Phrase “Maholo for you kokua”: thank you for your assistance 

Shaka: hand gesture for aloha spirit where you extend you pinkie and thumb

If you ever need directions…

Only in Hawaii

Mauka: towards the mountains 

Makai: towards the ocean

Windward: windy, wetter side of the island 

Leeward: protected from wind, drier side of the island

Ohana: Family, used openly for community

Vog: Volcanic smog that may drift over the Big Island

Ono: delicious (hopefully a word you an use often)

Bathroom distinctions…

Wahine: women

Kāne: men

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The perfect trip happens before you arrive, decide what island fits you best and discover the things you should know before you go.  I’d love to help make sure you are mentally and physically ready to be transported to paradise by co-creating your Hawaiian experience.