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)
Let’s set up a complimentary discover call to discuss how we can co-create a the perfect trip for you.
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.