I've been here a few months and have picked up the lingo. They locals say that my Hawaiian pronunciation is pretty good.
Here are a few simple words to get you started:
Aloha (n.) Hello, goodbye, I love you. (ok, ok, everyone knows this one already)
Aloha, have a great night!
Haole - (n.) slang for a non-native Caucasian.
Look at the hauli trying to surf!
Mahalo - (n.) thank you.
Mahalo for removing your sandy shoes.
Keiki - (n.) child.
It's such a beautiful day, I think I'll take my keiki to the park!
Pupu - (n.) appetizer, snack
My favorite pupu is coconut battered fried shrimp, yah?
Stay tuned for more "Hawaiian" words in future posts!
Aloha for now!
- ► 2011 (24)