Useful Hawaiian phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Hawaiian, a Polynesian language spoken in Hawaii.

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Guide to abbreviations: inf = informal, frm = formal, sg = singular (to one person), dl = dual (to two people), pl = plural (to three or more people).

EnglishʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian)
WelcomeAloha
HelloAloha
How are you? Pehea ʻoe? (sg)
Pehea ʻolua? (dl)
Pehea ʻoukou? (pl)
Fine thanks, and you?Maikaʻi, a ʻo ʻoe?
What's your name?ʻO wai kou inoa?
My name is ...ʻO ... koʻu inoa
Where are you from?No hea mai ʻoe?
I'm from ...No ... mai au
Pleased to meet youHauʻoli kēia hui ʻana o kāua
Good morning Aloha kakahiaka / Aloha awakea
Good afternoonAloha ʻauinalā
Good eveningAloha ahiahi
Goodbye A hui hou / Aloha
Good night A hui hou / Aloha
Good luck Pomaikaʻi! Maikaʻi Pomaikaʻi!
Cheers/Good health! Huli pau!
ʻŌkole maluna! (bottoms up - considered vulgar by some)
Bon appetit E ʻai kāua (dl) (Let's eat!)
E ʻai kākou (pl) (Let's eat!)
I understandMaopopo i aʻu
I don't understandMaopopo iaʻu ʻole
YesʻAe
NoʻAʻole
MaybePēlā paha
I don't knowʻAʻole au i ʻike
Please speak more slowlyE ʻōlelo mālie
Please write it downE kākau iho ʻoe
Do you speak English?ʻŌlelo anei ʻoe i ka ʻōlelo Pelekāne?
Do you speak Hawaiian? ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi 'oe?
Yes, a littleʻAe, he liʻiliʻi
Speak to me in Hawaiian E haʻi mai i aʻu ma ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi
How do you say ... in Hawaiian? Pehea ʻoe i ʻōlelo ai ... ma ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi?
Excuse meE kala mai iaʻu!
How much is this?ʻEhia?
SorryE kala mai iaʻu!
Please E ’olu’olu / Ke ’olu’olu
Thank you Mahalo
Mahalo nui
Mahalo iā ʻoe
Mahalo nui loa
You're welcome ʻAʻole pilikia
He mea iki
Ka hauʻoli naʻu
Where's the toilet?Aia i hea ka lua?
I love you Aloha Au Ia ʻOe / Aloha No Au Ia ʻOe
Get well soonE ola
Help! Kōkua!
Kōkua mai!
Hōlina!
Fire!Ahi!
Stop! Hoʻopau!
Hoʻokū!
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou
Happy Easter Hau ʻoli Pakoa
E ʻōlelo mālie
Hau'oli Ka La i Ala Hou ai Ka Haku
Happy BirthdayHauʻoli lā hānau
One language is never enoughʻAʻole nō e lawa ka mākaukau ma hoʻokahi wale nō ʻōlelo
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Pihaʻū oʻu mokukauaheahe i nā puhi

Recordings by Naea Stevens, and some translations by Samuel M. ‘Ohukani‘ohi‘a Gon III

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Links

Collections of Hawaiian phrases (some with audio)
http://www.ahapunanaleo.org/learnhawaiian/learn_shortphrases.html
http://atdpweb.soe.berkeley.edu/2130/vchan/ah.html
http://www.alohafriendsluau.com/words.html
http://www.royalelephant.com/hawaii/guides/hawaiian.htm

Phrases in Austronesian languages

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