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HawaiianGerman
`a`alaFragrance
`aieat
`aihuesteal, steal
`aikalimaIce cream
`ailaLard, fat, oil
`ainahanauBirthplace
`aka`akalaugh
`aka`akaiOnion
`aka`akailaugreen onion
`aka`akaipoepoeround onion
`akauNorth
`akopick a plant
`ako`ako`aCoral piece
`alaSmell
`alaniOrange
`anoa kind of
`ano nuiimportant
`ano`anoSeeds
`ano`estrange, funny
`ao`aoPage
`aoabark
`apanaPiece
`au`augo for a swim
`awiwifast, brisk
`eheuWing
`ehureddish hair
`ekePurse, wallet
`elemakuleold man
`elewekaElevator
`elidig, excavate
`enuheCaterpillar
`i`oMeat
`iakoOutrigger of the canoe
`ikesee, know
`ikoiFruit core
`iliSkin, surface
`ili`iliPebbles
`iliwaiWater hose
`oFork, skewer
`o akuvia
`o`otires
`oeYou
`ohicollect, pick up
`ohi`alomiTomato
`oia`i`otrue
`okicut
`oki`okicut
`oko`adifferent, different
`olalabask in the sun
`oleNothing
`oleloLanguage
`olu`olucomfortable, nice
`omabake
`oma`ima`inot feeling well, feeling sick
`omoleBottle
`opalaGarbage, waste
`opiopioyoung
`oukouThey (plural)
`ualaSweet potato
`ualakahikiIrish potato
`uisqueeze
`umi`umiBeard, mustache
`umikumakahieleven
`upaScissors
`upenaFishing with nets
afrom
A'ole pilikiaNo problem, no hassle
a`aRoot
A`asharp jagged lava stone
a`olearn, teach
akahelebe careful
akamaiintelligent
acuMackerel
alaRoad, path
alaawake
alaka`ilead, leader
alaloaHighway
aleloTongue
ali`inoble, royal
AlohaHello
Aloha au ia 'oeI love you
Aloha nui loaMuch love
amaFloating boom
anuanucold
apolimaBracelet
auTime period
Auanamodern hula dance
aueOh no! Oh!
aumakuaAncestor Spirit
aupuniGovernment
edo something
emifavorable
ha`aleleleave a place, give up something
ha`awigive
ha`awi maigive me, us
ha`awinaLesson
ha`iinform, tell, show
ha`ulefall
ha`ulelauFall
hahaitrack
hakakafight
hakucompose
halapass by, pass on
haleka`aGarage
haleki`i`oni`oniCinema
haleku`aiBusiness
halekulaSchool
halelekaMail
halepe`aTent
halepuleChurch
halihalicarry, transport
hamamaopen
hanawork
Hana houRepetition, repeat something
hana`inomistreat
Hanaiaccepted
hanaugive birth
haninibe shed
HaoleA white man
hapa haoleMan with multicultural ancestors
hapahaQuarter
hapaipregnant, carrying something
hapaluahalf
hapanuiMajority
hapu`uTree fern
Hau'oli HanukahaHappy Hanukkah
Hau'oli Hanukaha me ka Makahiki HouHappy Hanukkah and Happy New Year
Hau`oli la Ho'omaha loaHave a nice retirement
Hau`oli la Ho'omana'oHappy anniversary
haumanaStudent
haupiaCoconut pudding
heawhere
hehenaobsessed
heiheiRace
helego
heletravel, move
hele maicome
heluNumber
heluheluread
hemaSouth
hemaTunskilled
hemolose
hiamoesleep
hiapoFirstborn
hilahilaashamed, shy, embarrassed
himenisung, sing
HinaFog
hinanoFlower type (Puhala)
hinuhinuglossy
hipaSheep
hoHoe
ho'ikeshow
ho`aTurn something on
ho`ailonaSign, symbol
ho`alawake someone up
ho`igo back
ho`i maicome back
ho`ohalikecompare
ho`ohau`oliHaving fun, doing things that are fun
ho`ohulislightly overwind
ho`oiloWinter
ho`oiospecify
ho`okahi haneliOne hundred
ho`okanococky
ho`okipaShow hospitality
ho`okomoimprison
ho`oku`iEnjoying things together
ho`olaunaPresent
ho`oledeny, negate
ho`olohelisten
ho`oma`ema`eclean something
ho`omakastart, start
ho`omakaukauprepare
ho`omo`acooking
ho`omoanacamping/tenting
ho`opa`alearn
ho`opa`a haufreeze something
ho`opa`a nohoreserve a place
ho`opihaFill up a little
ho`opili maiimitate
ho`opioSwitch off (light/current)
ho`oulucultivate, plant
ho`owalimix
hoePaddle
hohonobad smelling
hohonudeep
hokelehotel
holaHour, time
holohologo
holoiwash, wash up
honikiss
hopebehind, after
hopenapuleWeekend
hu`ihu`icool
huaFruit, Tuber, Seed
huamoaChicken egg, Egg
huhube angry, be annoyed
huiOrganization, Club
hui mokuleleAirline
hukipull out, pull
HulaHawaiian dances, with singing
hulito look for something, to aim at another direction, to look for something
Huli-huliTypical Hawaiian sauce/marinade
iin, at
iahe, she
ikaikastrong
ikikihot, humid
inoaName
inoahopeLast name
inudrink
ipuhaoPot
iwakaluatwenty
iwiBones
kathe, the, the
ka `oluatheir
ka `oukouyou (more than two people)
ka lakouyou (more than two people)
ka`aCar
ka`umy
ka`ukamaCucumber
kahawaiRiver, stream
kaheaexclaim
kahicomb, shave, dress up
kahikoold hula dance
kahikoold
kahuLeader, Minister
kahua mau`ugrassy yard
kahua mokuleleAirport
kahua pa`aniPlayground
kai nioiPepperoni water
kaikainaYounger siblings
kaikua`anaOlder siblings
kaikuahineThe sister of the boy
kaikunaneThe brother from the sister
kakanicrispy
kakouWe
kalaMoney
Kala mai ia'uExcuse me
kalaiTo hack
kalaiwaDriving a car
kalakaTRUCK
kalaniGallon
potashwaiting, waiting for something
KalikimakaChristmas
kalimaCream
kalipaSlipper
kama`aShoe
kama`ilioinverted
kamuChewing gum
kanahis/her
kanaiwaninety
kanakoluthirty
kanapiCentipede
kanimake a sound, sing
kanikapilaJam Session
canoeplant, bury
kaoGoat
kaomipress (key, button)
kapakahicrooked
kapenaCaptain
kapiscatter
kapikiCabbage
kapuahiStove
kapulusloppy, poorly made
chewdriving a vehicle, being on top of something
chewyour
kauaWe
kaukaDoctor
kaulaRope, string, cord
kaulanafamous
kaumahasad, heavy
kauohaorder, command
kauwelaSummer
kaweleCloth, napkin
kawowoSeedling
kethe, the, the
Ke'alohaLove is everywhere
ke`oke`owhite
keiathis
kekonaSecond
kelathe
keleponaPhone
KepaniJapanese
ki`ahaDrinking glass
ki`iCapture a picture
ki`i`oni`oniFilm
kihiCorner
kikokikoJob
kiloithrow
kinican
kinipopoBall
kipikuapick
kiwaiFaucet
kiwiTelevision
ko`eEarthworm
ko`umy
koaWood type
koestay, left, more
kokolekaChocolate
kokuaHelp
kolocrawl
coloheRascal
colohenaughty, impudent
comoenter, go in
konahis/her
conoinvite
kopalaShovel
kopeRake
kopekopecalculate
kouyour
ku`ai `emiSale
ku`ai aku /buy, sell
ku`iPound
kuaBack
kuawaGuava
cueneFlight attendant, waiter
kuhikuhipoint out
kuiNeedle, Pin, Nail
kukaCoat
kukaepeleSulfur
cukecooking
kukuMandrel
kukuihelepoLantern
kukulubuild, set up
KuleanaResponsibility
kulikuliBe quiet! Silence!
kuloubend down
kumumanakoMango tree
kupabring a soup to the boil
kuponoappropriate
kupulauSpring
KuuipoHoney
laDay
la hanauBirthday
la`auWood
la`auhihiWine
la`aumaketoxic
lahilahithin, scrawny
lailathere
lainaLine
lakekeJacket
lakouThey (plural)
lalaBranch
lalanicompete
laloat
lanaFloat
lanaiVeranda
LanaiBalcony, Terrace
lanakilaSucceSS
lukewarmSheet
lukewarmLeaf, sweet potato, stalk
lauaThey (plural)
laulauRolled meat
Lauleapeaceful, joyful
LaulimaCooperation
launasocially adjusted, socialize
lauohoHair
lawaenough
lawai`aAngler, fisherman
lawetake
lawe maibring
lawelekaLetter carrier
le`ale`aEntertainment, amusement
LehuaKinship, beloved friend
LeiA necklace made of flowers, shells, leaves or feathers, given as a symbol of affection.
Leilanicelestial flower
leiwilia kind of flower necklace
lekaLetter, message
lekioRadio
lekoWatercress, watercress
lekukeSalad
leleFlying, getting out of a vehicle
lepodirty, floor, filth
li`ili`ismall
lihikaiBeach area
likesame, similar
limaHand
lo`ihilarge, long
loa`acaught, caught
tanlisten
lohilate, slow
lokoinside, offal
loleClothing, dress
lole`au`auSwimwear
lolimodified, changed
lolomoronic
lomigently rub the fingers
luaToilet, bathroom
lua`ivomit
luahineOlder lady
lumiRoom
lumi moeBedroom
lumiho`okipaLiving room
lumikukeKitchen
lunaat the top
maand others
main, on
ma`aget used to, get routine
ma`alahieasy
ma`alilicool down after it was hot
ma`ema`eclean
ma`isick
ma`onafull
maewither
maha'oiimpertinent, rude, brazen
maha`oicurious
mahaloThank you
Mahalo nui loaThanks a lot
mahelePiece, portion
mahikoSugar plantation
mayDo nothing
maiafrom
maika`igood, great
makaEye, Face
maka`iPoliceman
maka`ika`iSights
maka`uBe afraid
makaanianiGlasses
makahikiYear
makanaGift
makapoblind
makaukaube ready
makeDeath, dead
makekeMarket
makewaithirsty
makiniMachine
makouwe
malaGarden
malamawatch, care
Malamawatch, protect, care
maliecalm, gentle, windless
malihiniNew arrival, visitor
malo`odry
maluhiluhitired
mamaMom
mamaofar
mana'othink
mana`othink
manakoMango
manamanalimaFinger
manapuaGeneric term for Chinese dim sims
maninistingy
manuahifree, free of charge
maopopoclear, understandable
Mau LoaForever
meow`uGrass
mauawe (he and I)
mewith
meaThing, Person
mea wa`uniuCoconut crater
meainuDrinking
meakanuPlant
meleSong, poem
mileMile
minukeMinute
mo`aCooked
mo`iKing, Queen
mo`oleloHistory
moelay down
moenaMat
mokucut
mokuleleIsland
momonasweet tasting
muTermite
muabefore
muliloalast born child
nabelonging to
na`aupretty, beautiful
naki`iTie
nanaobserve, observe
nanahuCharcoal
naneaWave, surf
nanipleasant, fun
nanipretty
nieleinterrogate, curious
nielecheeky
nihoTooth
nihonihojagged
ninauask a question
nininicast
no`eauclever
no`ono`oconsider, think
nohoChair, sit, live
noiwish, ask
nuhapout
nuilong, much
nunuienormous
ofrom
O ia mau noas always
okoleAss, Butt
olahealthy, alive, life
Olelolanguage, speak, words, statement, entertain, say
oliSong
opalaGarbage, dirt
paFence, wall, yard
pa mea`aiPlate for lunch
pa`astuck, company
pa`akikihard, difficult
pahi`umi`umiRazor
Pahoehoesmooth lava
pahuhauIcebox
pahulekaMailbox, address
paiaHouse wall
paikikaloBike
pailaStack
pailakaPilot
pailinaCemetery
paipuPipe
pakaTobacco
pakalakiunhappy
pakaukauTable
palamature
palaheflattened, broken
palaifry
palakicomb, brush
palupalusoft
panioloCowboy
daddyClass
papa`ele`elebulletin board
papaheleFloor
papamanawaSchedule, timetable
PauDone, done
pekonaBacon
peniPin
penikalaPencil
pepaPaper, pepper
piaBeer
pihafull
pihiButton
pikinikipicnic, the picnic
pilauStench
pilikiaTrouble
pipipiSea snail
poNight
po`ele`eledark, without light
po`iBreakwater
po`oHead
poepoearound
pohakuStone, rock
pohihijumbled, not clearly understandable
pohoChalk
pohoin vain, wasted
poinaforgotten
pokaloloMarijuana
pokolebriefly
polaBowl
polokaFrog
pololeistraight, correct
pololihungry
polueaSea sick, travel sick
ponolawai`aFishing accessories
popoporotten (wood, leaves, carpet)
poulidark
pu`alikoaArmy, Military
pu`iwasurprised, shocked, frightened
pu`oloPackage
puakenikenifragrant orange flower
puhismoke, eel
pukaDoor, hole
PukikiPortuguese
pulehuCook on hot coals
puluwet, coconut shells
pupulecrazy
PuuwaiHeart
u`iyouthful, handsome, beautiful
uaRain
uakiClock
uecry
ueaCable
ukanaSuitcase
ukuLouse, flea
ukupay
uliulidark colors
ulugrow up
ulula`auForest
umaumaChin
wa`aCanoe
wa`uGrid
waLWeeding
waenabetween, among
wahooutside
waiFresh water
waiholeave something, put something down
wainiuCoconut milk, coconut water
Waipahegood-natured
waiuMilk
waiupakaButter
waiwairich, wealthy
wawaeFoot, leg
woeopen, start
welahot
welelauLace
wikiwikifast
wiliWrap something
wiwithin

Hawaiian dictionary guide

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Ōlelo Hawaiʻi | Hawaiian

Hawaiian is one of the oldest still existing languages in the world. In German it is called "hawaiian" or "hawaiisch", in English it is called "hawaiian", in French "hawaiien" and in Italian "hawaiano". The locals call their own language ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.
Hawaiian is one of the Polynesian languages spoken in the Central Pacific and can be considered a dialect of Polynesian. In this area there is a triangle of islands -. Hawaii in the north, New Zealand in the southwest, and the Easter Islands in the southeast. Hawaiian belongs to the same family as Tonga, Maori, Samoan and Tahitian.

The Hawaiian language has a eventful past behind it, and it was widely expected that Hawaiian would be extinct by the end of the 20th century. In the last 40 years, however, Hawaiian has undergone a "renaissance" that has seen the popularity of the language grow. Nowadays, many people are interested in learning Hawaiian, and some schools offer courses in it. It is even possible to learn one's Master in Hawaiian at the University of Hawaii. Despite all efforts, only 0.1 % of all Hawaii residents speak the Native language.

The history of the Hawaiian language

Before Captain Cook arrived in Hawaii on the Waimea River with Dr. William Anderson in 1778 on January 21, Hawaiian was exclusively a spoken language. Dr. William Anderson and Cook were the first to ever record the language, making a list of 250 words and phrases. They discovered that Hawaiian was similar to the Maori and Tahitian languages. Over the next 40 years, Spanish (1789), Russian (1804), French (1816), and German (1816) found their way to the Hawaiian Islands through sailors and businessmen.

When the first missionaries reached Hawaii in 1820, a written language was completely unknown to the natives. The New England missionaries introduced a written language alongside spoken Hawaiian to introduce the Bible to the Hawaiians. By 1826, they had managed to create a Hawaiian alphabet from Latin letters, omitting the letters b, d, r, t, and v. The missionaries taught the Hawaiians to read and write and translated the Bible into the Hawaiian language.

The prohibition of the Hawaiian language

After Hawaii's annexation to the U.S. in 1898, Hawaiian was officially removed from schools and government banned. The natives were forced to learn English and use it in daily life. The use of the Hawaiian language was even banned in the Kamehameha schools - these consisted of private schools that only children of Hawaiian descent were allowed to attend. In 1902, the last of these schools, of which there were once 150, was closed. All students had to attend schools where only English was spoken instead.

Hawaiian was not completely banned, however - locals were still allowed to speak Hawaiian at home. Newspapers such as Ke Kumu Hawaii, Ka Nupepa Kuoka and Ka Lama Hawaii and many others also continued to print Hawaiian articles.

The resurrection of the Hawaiian language

In 1957, a Hawaiian-English dictionary was published for the first time, the Hawaiian-English Dictionary. This Dictionary is now considered a turning point in the history of Hawaiian. After the publication of the dictionary, more people again found interest in learning Hawaiian until there was finally an amendment in the U.S. Constitution in 1978. This article elevated Hawaiian to the rank of an official language.

In 1978, Hawaiian was named one of the official languages of the state of Hawaii recognized; the other official language is English. In 1984, public Hawaiian schools were established for the first time, where a child can learn Hawaiian from kindergarten age. Unofficially, a third language is also spoken, known as Pidgin Hawaiian or Hawaiian Creole English is called.

Today, there are about 1000 native Hawaiian speakers and 8000 more people fluent in the language. While this is worlds away from the estimated 400,000 - 800,000 people who were native Hawaiian speakers at the time of Captain Cook, it is a good start to reviving an endangered language. There are now some kindergartens (Nā Pūnana Leo), schools and universities that teach their students in Hawaiian. Hawaiian names, especially first names, can be found all over the world even outside the USA. There are also an increasing number of language courses for adults, which are very popular. Between 2006 and 2008, a census of approximately 24,000 U.S. citizens reported speaking Hawaiian in everyday life, and the radio has a "Hawaiian Word of the Day".
If you'd like to learn more about Hawaiian or experience it on location, contact our team of experts at www.hawaiiurlaub.de or take a look at our diverse travel packages!

Hawaiian at a glance - The grammar

The hawaiian alphabet is as follows:

  • Vowels: A, E, I, O, U
  • Consonants: H, K, L, M, N, P, W

There are four main ruleswhich must be followed:

  1. all words end with a vowel
  2. a consonant must always be followed by a vowel
  3. each syllable must end with a vowel
  4. a consonant can never be followed by a second consonant, there are no consonant clusters (This means that no two consonants follow each other in a syllable. For example pr, gr, sp or st).

And besides, there are no s-sounds like s, z, ß or sch, which contributes with the rules to the fact that harsh or sharp-sounding sounds do not occur at all.

The Hawaiian alphabet consists of 13 letters - five vowels and eight consonants. One of these consonants is the apostrophe 'okina. This is counted as a consonant because without 'okina the meaning of a word can be completely changed. For example

kai = sea
but
kaʻi = to lead, to carry

If a word contains 'okina, there is a short pause during pronunciation. An example is lanai and lana'i. The word "Lanai" without 'okina is pronounced like "La-nei" and means balcony or terrace. For the word "Lana'i" the pronunciation is "La-nah-ih" and refers to the Hawaiian island with that name.

Another example is the name of the island Molokai. If this word is written without the 'okina as Molokai, it is pronounced as "Moh-loh-kai". If it is written with the 'okina as Moloka'i, it is pronounced as "Moh-loh-kah-ih". Both pronunciations are accepted and common, as most Hawaiian residents are not native speakers, but it is still important to pay attention to the 'okina because it can completely change the meaning of a word.Probably the most prominent example is "Hawai'i" itself.

The 'okina is only used between two vowels or at the beginning of a word. Native speakers and advocates of traditional Hawaiian use 'okina in their spoken and written Hawaiian. However, on the Internet and in the written word, 'okina is often omitted. In major Hawaiian newspapers and books that revolve around Hawaii, however, 'okina is most often used.

Another grammatical sign in Hawaiian grammar is the kahakō, a character that looks like a line (-), the macronm, and is placed over a vowel. If a word contains a kahakō, it means that it contains a long vowel; the vowel over which the kahakō is placed is elongated a little. This is only a minimal difference that can easily be overlooked. Even though kahakō is not a real letter, omitting it can completely change the meaning of a word. A more prominent example here is "Waikīkī."

Examples are nāna, meaning "belonging to her/him," nanā, meaning provoke, and nānā, which can be translated as "look." Other examples are pa'ū, meaning "moisture," pā'ū, referring to the hula skirt, and pa'u, meaning "to work hard at something."

Hawaiian vowels are pronounced differently than German vowels.

  • A sounds like "ah
  • E sounds like "eh
  • I sounds like "ih
  • O sounds like "oh
  • U sounds like "uh

The consonant W sounds like the English "V" in Hawaiian, so it is a soft German W. When consonants are combined with a vowel, they match the sound of the vowel. As an example, the consonant "H" follows in combination with different vowels.

  • Ha sounds like "Hah
  • He sounds like "Heh
  • Hi sounds like "Hih
  • Ho sounds like "Hoh
  • Hu sounds like "Huh

The Hawaiian word order

The Word order in hawaiian is basically Verb - Subject - Object. To each of these parts of the sentence, articles or other particles may be added to emphasize or mark certain words. Verbs as in German do not exist, instead words are made into a verb by adding particles. These particles also determine the time in which the sentence happens.

  • ua - perfect tense, completed action
  • e...ana - imperfect, continuing action
  • ke...nei - present, present tense
  • e - imperative, command form
  • mai - negative imperative

Particles that indicate the direction of a verb are as follows:

  • aʻe = up
  • aku = away
  • iho = down
  • may = her

Hawaii Pidgin English

In Hawaii there is another Third languagewhich, however, is by far not as well known or widespread. Hawaii Creole English or Hawaii Pidgin English is a creole language based on English that includes loanwords from Hawaiian and several other European and Asian languages.

Hawaii Pidgin English originated when immigrants from many different countries came to the Hawaiian Islands in the 19th century to work on the sugar cane and pineapple plantations. These immigrants had to find a way to communicate with the native plantation workers, and so a mixture of English, Hawaiian, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Tagalog, and Korean was created. Since most of the immigrants were from Asia, Asian languages took a particularly large influence on the development of Hawaii Creole English.

This "Pidgin English" almost completely replaced native Hawaiian in the early 20th century, partly because the native Polynesian Hawaiians were almost completely extinct due to introduced diseases.

In 1986, about 600,000 people still spoke Hawaii Pidgin English, although people who grew up in Hawaii usually still know the basics of this dialect and can easily switch between English and Hawaii Creole English. Speakers of standard English, on the other hand, understand Hawaii Pidgin English almost not at all. Although Hawaii Pidgin English is associated with the Hawaiian underclass, it is gaining popularity in educated circles because speaking "pidgin" identifies the speaker as a native. Hawaii Creole English, however, is not considered one of the official languages of Hawaii and was banned from state schools in 1987, after long controversy.

Hawaiian in daily use

When visiting Hawaii as a tourist, you will find brochures, pamphlets, and guidebooks everywhere that list important Hawaiian words or a dictionary. In Hawaii, many Hawaiian words have made their way into the English slang found, which are used quite naturally in daily use by the multinational inhabitants of Hawaii. In order to keep the overview as a visitor and to understand comments of the inhabitants, it is worthwhile to browse through dictionaries before the vacation and to learn some Hawaiian words. The locals are happy when tourists do their best and are also happy to offer their help if you don't understand something.

Known Hawaiian words

Some Hawaiian words have made their way into the German usage found and have the same or similar meaning in German. "Wiki", part of Wikipedia, means "fast". Also "Kanake", which is a swear word for foreigners in Germany, has a Polynesian origin and refers to the Polynesian and Hawaiian natives.

"Aloha" is, of course, commonly known and means one thing above all -. Dear. Aloha can mean not only "hello" or "goodbye" but also "thanks" or "affection" - Aloha is hard to describe, you have to experience it! Take a look at our travel packages to plan your vacation and experience the Aloha Spirit for yourself.

8 words and 1 phrase you should know when visiting Hawai'i

The following translations of the words are all from the "Hawaiian Dictionary" by Mary Kawena Pukui and Samuel H. Elbert from 1986 and subsequently translated into German.

1. Mahalo

Mahalo means "thank you, gratitude; give thanks" but it also stands for recognition, praise and appreciation. When you are in Hawai'i you can use this word as you would "thank you" used in German.

2. 'Ohana

'Ohana means "Family, acquaintances, circle of friends; being related". However, 'ohana includes all the people who mean something to you and is not limited to blood relations.

3. Kama'āina

The word kama'āina cannot be translated into German easily at all, because there is no proper translation. It is composed of two shorter words:

1. kama - meaning "child
and
2. 'āina - which means "land".

One could thus interpret kama'āina as "Child of the country" translate. Today all residents of Hawai'i, whether with or without Hawaiian roots, is referred to as kama'āina.

4. Kanaka

On the other hand, kanaka refers only to those people whose Ancestors were the natives of Hawai'i. Kanaka can also be generally translated as "Man, man, individual or person".

5. Haole

If you go to Hawai'i, you are a haole. You are (most likely) not of Hawaiian descent and you are not a citizen of Hawai'i. This term is generally used to describe "white persons" or Persons with Caucasian ethnicity designated. This includes Americans or Englishmen. This explicit mention of Americans and Englishmen (or "English" in English) may date back to the settlement of Hawai'i by American and European missionaries and businessmen in the early 19th century.

The word is also used to describe something, what is foreign and not nativebut was introduced (introduced).

6. Mana

Mana also has no clear translation, but must be explained with a somewhat longer explanation.

With mana a supernatural power or divine power described. Thereby it is about Energy and not about physical, muscular strength. In Hawaiian religion, it is believed that there is mana in every object and person, and even in some places.

7. Mālama

Mālama can be translated more simply. It means: "to take care of, to worry about, to preserve, to protect, to save, to respect".

You can find this word In some other expressions as well, for example:

  • Mālama 'āina - which means, "Respect the land."
  • Mālama i ke kai - which means, "Respect the ocean."
  • Mālama i ke kai, a mālama ke kai ia 'o - which means, "Take care of the ocean and the ocean will take care of you."

We like this word very much because it represents the foundation of Hawaiian culture: To care, concern and feel responsible for others and the environment.

Please act the same way on your Hawaii trip 🙂 .

8. Ua Mau, ke Ea o ka 'Āina i ka Pono

This phrase is the state motto of Hawai'i.

The translation of this sentence was difficult for linguists because many Hawaiian words can be interpreted differently according to the context. However, the following translation is used particularly often: "The life of the country is preserved by righteousness."

In the song "Hawai'i 78" by Isreal Kamakawiwo'ole, he sings this line. The song is about the changes Hawai'i has undergone since Captain James Cook discovered it in 1778.

9. Aloha

You have probably been waiting for this: aloha.. World famous and often used, but far too little is lived what aloha actually means. Aloha does not only mean "Hello" and "Bye." The importance of this ubiquitous term goes far, very far, beyond that.

Aloha can be translated, but the real meaning lies in it, to feel, live and spread aloha.

Here is the translation as found in the mentioned above dictionary by Pukui and Elbert: "Love, affection, understanding, compassion, forbearance, grace, sympathy, grace; to love, to be fond of; to be kind; hello! Bye! Take care!"

In fact, there is a Law in Hawai'i which proposes to treat oneself and others with respect and love. It is called "Aloha Spirit Law" (Chapter 5, Sections §5-7.5 Hawai'i Revised Statutes since 1986)..

In this law is ALOHA described as an acronym.

  • A - akahai: means kindness expressed through tenderness
  • L - lokahi: means togetherness, expressed through harmony
  • O - oluolu: means affability, expressed by pleasantness
  • H - Haahaa: means modesty expressed through frugality
  • A - Ahonui: means patience expressed through perseverance

Admittedly, the German translation sounds a bit unwieldy - but we think you understand what is meant 😉 

Hawaii Spirit Law can be seen as a guide for one's life. Imagine what it would be like if everyone lived according to this "law. Then we would live in a world where everyone looks out for everyone else, everyone respects everyone else, and does so without expecting anything in return.

A right right good thought, we think 🙂 So carry A-L-O-H-A out into the world and live it!

And when you are in Hawai'i give something back. Respect the nature as well as the culture and try to use one or the other Hawaiian word. You will see: This will bring you even closer to Hawai'i in a moment.

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