Dictionary of Hawaiian Words

aloha (ah-LO-hah)- hello, goodbye, love, compassion

haole (HOW-lee)- a white or Caucasian person

hapa (HAH-pah)- a part or portion, half

honu (hoh-NOO)- a green sea turtle

ho'okipa (ho-oh-KEE-pah)- to show hospitality

ho'opono (ho-oh-PO-no)- to do the right thing

humuhumunukunukuapua'a (hoo-moo-hoo-moo-noo-koo-noo-koo-AH-poo-AH-ah)- a reef triggerfish

kalua (kah-LOO-ah)- to bake in a hot pit in the ground

keiki (KAY-kee)- child

kukui (koo-KOO-ee)-a tree with large, smooth nuts

kulolo (koo-LO-lo)- a taro root and coconut cream custard

lau-lau (low-low; rhymes with bow-bow)- wrapped, such as food wrapped in leaves

lua'u (LOO-ow)- a Hawaiian feast

mahalo (mah-HAH-lo)- thank you

mu'umu'u (MOO-moo)- a long, loose dress that is a traditional Hawaiian garment for women

'ohana (oh-HAH-nah)- family

'ono (OH-no)-tasty, delicious

pika (PEE-kah)- rock or stone

poi (poy)- a starchy pudding made from pounded taro root

puka (POO-kah)- hole. Puka shells have holes in the center.

shaka (SHAH-kah)- a hand gesture that can mean "hi," "see you later," "everything's cool," or "all right!"

taro (TAIR-oh)- a tropical plant with a starchy, edible root

These words have been copied out of the "Glossary of Hawaiian Words" in the Kanani books. They are meant to be used as an informative resource.

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