Family words in Hawaiian

Words for family members and other relatives in Hawaiian (ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi), a Polynesian language spoken mainly in Hawaii.

Key to abbreviations: sg = singular, pl = plural, m = male, f = female

  Hawaiian (ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi)
family, relative ʻohana
parents mākua (sg. makua) - refers to one's parents and others of one's parents generation
father makua kāne, makua
mother makuahine, māmā, lūauʻi
child keiki, kama, nōpuʻu (sg)
kamaliʻi (pl)
son keiki, keiki kāne, kama kāne.
daughter kaikamahine
husband kāne
wife wahine
sibling hānau mua (older)
hānau hope, pōkiʻi (younger)
brother /
male cousin
kaikuaʻana, kuaʻana (older brother/cousin of a male)
kaikaina, kaina (younger brother/cousin of a male)
kaikunāne, kunāne (brother of a female)
sister /
female cousin
kaikuaʻana, kaikuʻana (older sister/cousin of a female)
kaikaina (younger sister/cousin of a female)
kaikuahine (sister/cousin of a male)
kika, tita (slang)
uncle makua kāne, ʻanakala
makua kāne makua (parent's older brother or cousin)
makua kāne ʻōpio (parent's younger brother or cousin)
makua kāne hanauna (parent's brother or male cousin)
aunt makuahine, makuahine hanauna, ʻanakē
makuahine makua (parent's older sister or cousin)
makuahine ʻōpio (parent's younger sister or cousin)
cousin hoahānau, kaukini
nephew keiki
niece kaikamahine
grandfather kupuna kane (grandfather, great uncle)
tūtū, kūkū, kūkū kāne (grandpa)
grandmother kupuna wahine (grandmother, great aunt, female ancestor)
tūtū, kūkū, kūkū wahine (grandma)
grandchild /
grandson moʻopuna kāne
granddaughter moʻopuna wahine
father-in-law makuahūnōai kāne
mother-in-law makuahūnōai wahine


Family words in Hawaiian differ depending on whether you are male or female. For example, a female calls her brother or male cousin kaikunāne or kunāne, while a male would call his brother or male cousin kaikuaʻana or kuaʻana.


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