Hawaiian (Hawai`i)

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Hula kahiko performance at the pa hula in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Photo by Ron Ardis, CC BY-SA 2.0

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Why learn Hawaiian?

Learning Hawaiian improves the knowledge of your own language. Your marketable skills in the global economy are improved when you master Hawaiian. Communication skills developed while learning Hawaiian can improve your interpersonal skills in your native langauge as well. Hawaiian expand one's world view and limit the barriers between people: barriers cause distrust and fear.

How Long Does it Take to Learn Hawaiian?

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Hawaiian Alphabet & Pronunciation

The current official Hawaiian alphabet consists of 13 letters: five vowels (A, E, I, O, and U) and eight consonants (H, K, L, M, N, P, W, and ʻ). Alphabetic order differs from the normal Latin order in that the vowels come first, then the consonants. The five vowels with macrons – Ā, Ē, Ī, Ō, Ū – are not treated as separate letters, but are alphabetized immediately after unaccented vowels. The ʻokina is ignored for purposes of alphabetization, but is included as a consonant.

A a
(ʻā)
E e
(ʻē)
I i
(ʻī)
O o
(ʻō)
U u
(ʻū)
H h
(hē)
K k
(kē)
L l
(lā)
M m
(mū)
N n
(nū)
P p
(pī)
W w
(wē)
ʻ
(ʻokina)

Basic Phrases in Hawaiian

HelloAloha (aloha)
GoodbyeAloha
YesAe
NoAʻole
Excuse meE kala mai iaʻu
PleaseE 'oluʻolu
Thank youMahalo
You are welcomeNoʻu ka hauʻoli
Do you speak englishŌlelo Pelekania' oe?
Do you understandMaopopo anei iā 'oe?
I understandMaopopo iaʻu
I do not understandAʻole maopopo iaʻu
How are youPehea 'oe?
Fine thanksMaikaʻi mahalo!
What is your nameO wai kou inoa?
My name isO_____ koʻu inoa
Pleased to meet youNoʻu ka hauʻoli ke 'ike aku iā' oe

Hawaiian Grammar

Hawaiian Nouns

ManKāne
WomanWahine
BoyKeiki kāne ( )
GirlHe kaikamahine
Catʻōpū
DogIlio
FishIʻa
WaterWai
MilkWaiū
EggHua manu
HouseHale
FlowerPua
TreeKumulāʻau
Shirtʻaki
Pantsʻōpua

Hawaiian Adjectives

Colors in Hawaiian

BlackEleʻele
WhiteKeʻokeʻo
Redʻulaʻula
OrangeAlani
YellowMelemele
Greenōmaʻomaʻo
BluePolū
PurplePoni
Pinkākala
GrayHinahina
BrownPalaunu

Numbers in Hawaiian

ZeroOle
OneEkahi
TwoʻElua
ThreeEkolu
FourʻEhā
FiveElima
SixEono
SevenEhiku
EightʻEwalu
NineNine
TenUmi
ElevenHe ʻumikumamākahi
TwelveKe umikumamalua
TwentyIwakālua
ThirtyKanakolu
FortyHoʻokahi kanahā
FiftyKanalima
SixtyKanaono
SeventyKanahiku
EightyKanawalu
NinetyKanaiwa
HundredHaneri
ThousandTausani

Hawaiian Verbs

To beE
To haveAia
To wantMakemake
To needE nele
To helpE kokua
To goE hele
To comeE hele mai
To eatE ai
To drinkE inu
To speakE olelo

Building Simple Sentences

More Complex Hawaiian Sentences

AndA
OrA i ʻole
ButAka, aka
BecauseNo ka mea
WithMe
AlsoEia no hoi
HoweverAka, eia nae
Neitherʻaʻole nō
Norʻaʻole nō hoʻi
IfIna
ThenAlaila

Useful Hawaiian Vocabulary

Hawaiian Questions

WhoAi la
WhatHe aha
WhenI ka wa
WhereMa hea
WhyNo ke aha mai
HowPehea
How manyEhia
How muchEhia

Days of the Week in Hawaiian

MondayPōʻakahi
TuesdayPōʻalua
WednesdayPōʻakolu
ThursdayPōʻahā
FridayPōʻalima
SaturdayPōʻaono
SundayLāpule
YesterdayInehinei
TodayI kēia lā
Tomorrowāpōpō

Months in Hawaiian

JanuaryIanuali
FebruaryPepeluali
MarchMalaki
AprilApelila
MayMei
JuneIune
JulyIulai
AugustʻAukake
SeptemberKepakemapa
OctoberOkakopa
NovemberNowemapa
DecemberKekemapa

Seasons in Hawaiian

WinterHoʻoilo
SpringPuna
SummerKauwela
Autumnʻaʻano

Telling Time in Hawaiian

What time is itHola 'ehia kēia?
HoursHola
MinutesMau minuke
SecondsKekona
O clockAwakea
HalfHapalua
Quarter pastʻewalu i hala
BeforeMamua
AfterMahope iho