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The Hawaiian Alphabet

letter_namesThe Hawaiian alphabet has 13 letters, five vowels, seven consonants and one  ‘okina or accent mark.

A, E, I, O, U, K, L, M, N, H, P, W, ‘

Here are some of the most commonly used Hawaiian phrases.

A hui hou – until we meet again

A’a – Sharp jagged lava rock

Ae – Yes

Aina – Land

Akamai – Smart

Akua – God

Alii – Chief, Royalty

Aloha – Hello and Goodbye

E komo mai – Welcome

Hana – Work

Honu – Turtle

Hula – Dance

I’a – Fish

Kahuna –Expert

Kai – Sea

Kama’aina – Local

Kane – Man

Keiki– Child

Lanai – Porch

Lei – Necklace made of flowers

Lolo – Fool

Lu’au – Feast

Mahalo – Thank you

Mahalo nui loa – Thank you very much

Makai – Toward the ocean

Mauka – Toward the land

Malama – Respect, to take care of

Moana – Ocean

Moku – Island

Nalu – Wave

Ohana – Family

Pahoehoe – Smooth lava

Pau – All done

Pupu – Snack or appetizer

 

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