Hawaiian Dictionary

Hawaiian WordEnglish Definition
edo something
emicheap
ha`aleleto leave a place; abandon something
ha`awigive
ha`awi maigive (me; us)
ha`awinalesson
ha`iinform; tell; reveal
ha`ulefall (throught the air)
ha`ulelaufall (season)
hahaifollow
hakakafight
Hakalau
hakucompose
halapassed by; pass; the fruit of puhala
halau school; such as
halebuilding; house
hale`ainarestaurant; cafeteria
haleka`agarage; carport
haleki`i`oni`onimovie theatre
haleku`aistore
halekulaschool building
halelekapost office
halepe`atent
halepulechurch
hali`ispread out (mat; blanket)
halihalicarry; transport (cargo; baggage)
hamamaopen; unobstructed
hanawork
Hana hou Encore; do it again.
hana`inomistreat
HanaiAdopted
hanaifeed; raise (animals; people); adopted/foster child
hanaugive birth
haninito be spilled
HaoleCaucasian
Haole A white person; Caucasian
hapa haole person of mixed racial ancestry
hapahaquarter
hapaipregnant; carry; lift
hapai carry; pregnant
hapaluahalf
hapanuimajority
hapu`utree fern
Hapuna BeachBeautiful beach in South Kohala
hauice
hau`olihappy; fun; joy
Hau`oli la Hanau Happy Birthday
Hau`oli la Ho'omaha loa Happy Retirement
Hau`oli la Ho'omana'o Happy Anniversary
haumanastudent
HauoliHappiness
Hau'oli Hanukaha Happy Hanukkah
Hau'oli Hanukaha me ka Makahiki HouHappy Hanukkah and New Year
Hau'oli Kawanaka Happy Kwanzaa
Hau'oli Makahiki Hou Happy New Year
haupiacoconut pudding
Hawi
hea
heawhere (always i hea)
hehena raving mad; possessed; lunatic
heiau ancient religious site; temple
heiheirace
helego
hele move; go; travel
hele maicome
helunumber
heluheluread
hemasouth; left
hemahemaunskilled; awkward
hemoloose; unfastened
hiamoesleep
hiapofirst born child
hikipossible; arrive
hilahilashame; shy; embarrassed;
Hilo
himenisong; sing
HinaMist
hinanoflower of the puhala
hinuhinushiny
hipasheep
hohoe
ho`aturn on (light; electricity
ho`ailonasign; symbol
ho`alawake up (someone)
ho`igo back
ho`i maicome back
ho`ohalikecompare
ho`ohau`olihave fun; do fun things
ho`ohuliturn something over
ho`oilowinter
ho`oioshow off
ho`okahione (amount)
ho`okahi hanelione hundred (number and amount)
ho`okanoconceited
ho`okipainvite in guests; treat hospitably
ho`okomoput inside; insert
ho`oku`ito join things together
ho`olaunaintroduce; introduce someone
ho`oledeny; say no; negate
ho`olohelisten
ho`oma`ama`apracice
ho`oma`ema`eclean something
ho`omakabegin; start
ho`omakaukauprepare
ho`omo`acook
ho`omoanato camp
ho`opa`ato make firm; to learn
ho`opa`a hauto freeze something
ho`opa`a nohoreserve a seat
ho`opaebring shore; cast ashore
ho`opihato fill something up
ho`opili maiimitate (me)
ho`opioturn off (light; electricity)
ho`oulugrow (something); raise (plants)
ho`owalimix (poi)
hoaalohafriend
hoahanaucousin
ho'aloha friend
hoepaddle
hohonobad-smelling
hohonudeep
ho'ike show; display
hokelehotel
hoku star
holahour; time
holorun; ride on
holoholoride/walk around for fun
holoholo out on a lark; fishing
holoholonaanimal
holoiwash; wipe
HolualoaCoffee village in North Kona
Honalo
Honaunau
honismell; kiss
Honoka'a
Honokohau HarborWest Hawaii harbor
Honolulucapital city
honuturtle
honu turtle
honuaground; earth; world
Ho'okena Beach Park
hopebehind; after
hopenapuleweekend
hu`ihu`ichilly
huafruit; seed; tuber
Hualalai
huamoa(chicken) egg
huhuangry; mad at
huhu angry; offended hula
huiclub; organization
hui mokuleleairline company
hukipull; pull out
Hula The dance of Hawaii
hulitaro slip; search for; look for; turn a corner; face a different direction
Huli-huliHawaiian for rotisserie or 'end-over-end' and is also the name for a marinade made and sold in the Hawaiian Islands. It is composed of mostly ginger and shoyu (soy sauce). Huli-huli sauce has a particular pungent smell and taste and is similar to teriyaki sauce. It is best as a marinade used before and during cooking
Humuhumunukunukuapua'aVarieties of triggerfish characterized by a pig'-like snout.
Hawaiian WordEnglish Definition
iin; on; at; to
iahe; she (or `o ia); the aforesaid
i'a fish
IanualiJanuary
ihunose
ikaikastrong
ikikihot and humid
imuunderground oven
Imu An underground oven you will see at a luau
inoaname
inoahopelast name
inudrink
ipuhaopot
IulaiJuly
IuneJune
iwakaluatwenty
iwibone; shell
Hawaiian WordEnglish Definition
laday
la hanaubirthday
la`auwood
la`auhihivine
la`aumakepoison; herbicide
lahilahithin; delicate
laikirice
lailathere (always i laila; ma leila)
lainaline
lakekejacket
LakiLucky
lakouthey (more than two persons)
lalabranch
lalanito line up
lalobelow; under
lanafloat
lanaiporch; veranda
Lanai A porch; patio; or balcony
lanakilato have victory; victory
lanisky; heaven; royal
lani sky; the heavens
Lanihau Shopping Center
LapuleSunday
lauleaf; sweet potato stem slip
lau leaf
lauathey (two people)
laua`emaile-scented fern
laulaumeat bundled in leaves
LauleaPeaceful; happy
LaulimaCooperation
launameet socially; socialize
lauohohair (on the head)
Laupahoehoe
lawaenough
lawai`ato fish for; fisherman
lawetake
lawe maibring
lawelekamail carrier
le`ale`aamusement; pleasure
LehuaBeloved friend or relative
leigarland; to wear around the neck as a lei
Lei A necklace of flowers; leaves; shells; feathers; given as a symbol of affection; beads; any ornament worn around the head or about the neck;
LeilaniHeavenly flower
leiwilia kind of lei
lekamail; letter
lekioradio
lekowatercress
lekukelettuce
leleto fly; to get off a vehicle
lepodirty; soil; dirt
lewato be suspened with gentle movement i the air; sky; airspace
li`ili`ismall
lihikaiarea close to beach
likesame; similar to
limahand
limuseaweed; algae
liohorse
lo`ihilong; tall
loa`abe found; caught; possessed
lohehear
lohilate; slow
lo'i taro patch
lokoinside; innards
loleclothes; dress
lole`au`auswim clothes
lolichanged
lolodumb; paralyzed (as a leg)
lolo feeble minded; numb
lomirub softly between fingers
louhand pole for picking fruit; to pick witha lou
lu`aufeast; taro tops
luahole; pit; crater
lua`ivomit
luahineold woman
Luau Literally means young taro tops; but used for a Hawaiian feast
lumiroom
lumi moebedroom
lumiho`okipaliving room; parlor
lumikukekitchen
lunaon top; above
Hawaiian WordEnglish Definition
main; on; at
maand others
ma`aaccustomed to; used to
ma`alahieasy
ma`alilicool after being hot
ma`ema`eclean
ma`isick
ma`onafull (of food)
maewilt
maha`oinosey; bold
mahalo thank you
Mahalo nui loa Thank you very much
maha'oi insolent; rude; brazen
maheleportion; part
mahikosugar plantation
mahimahidolphin fish
mahinamonth; moon
MahukonaArea in North Kohaha on western Big Island
maidon't (do something); from
maiafrom
maika`igood; fine
Maika'i no au I am fine
mailefragrant vine; leaves used for lei-making
makaeye; face
maka`ipolice officer
maka`ika`isightsee; tour
maka`ufear; be afraid of
makaanianieyeglasses
makahikiyear
makai toward the ocean make to die;dead makua parent
makaiaulikind of `opihi
Makalapu'a Shopping Center
Makalei
makanagift
makaniwind
makapoblind
makaukauready; good at it
makedead; die
makekemarket
makewaithirsty
makinimachine
makouwe (they and I)
makuaparent
Makua Parent; any relative of the parent's generation; as uncle; aunt; cousin; progenitor; main stalk of a plant; adult; full-grown; mature; older; senior.
makuahinemother
makuakanefather
malagarden
MalakiMarch
malamatake care of; keep
Malama To take care of; tend; attend; care for; preserve; protect; maintain; care; preservation; support; fidelity; loyalty; caretaker; keeper.
maliecalm; gentle; windless; sunny
malihini new comer; visitor
malo`odry
maluhiluhitired
mamamommy
Mamalahoa Highway
mamaofar; distant
mana`othink
manakomango
manamanalimafinger
mana'o thought
manapua generic term for Chinese dim sum
manaueaseaweed; ogo
manini stingy
mano shark
manubird
manuahi free; gratis
maoli Hawaiian people kane man; male
maopopoclear; understood; understandable
Mau Loa Forever
mau`ugrass
mauawe (he and I)
mauka toward the mountains mea 'ai food to eat
Mauna Kea
Mauna Loa
mewith
meathing; person; one; `olelo
mea wa`uniucoconut grater
mea`aifood
meainudrink
meakanuplant
MeiMay
melesong; sing
Mele Kalikimaka Merry Christmas
Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau'oli Makahiki HouMerry Christmas and a Happy New Year
melemeleyellow
MenehuneLegendary race of small people believed to have worked during the night building roads; fish ponds and temples.
milemile
minukeminute
mo`acooked
mo`iking; queen
mo`olelostory
mo`opunagrandchild
moana ocean
moelie down; bed
moenamat
mohalaopen (flower)
mokucut
moku island
mokuleleisland
moletap root
momonafa; sweet-tasting
mo'olizard
Mo'okini Heiau
MoopunaGrandchild
muboring insect; weevil; termite
mu`umu`uHawaiian-style dress
muain front; before
muliloalast born child
Hawaiian WordEnglish Definition
nafor; belonging to; by
naintestinesthe (more than one
na`au Refers to your gut or your ki or chi — the place where your soul resides just below your solar plexus. The place where you “know” things and hold the entirety of life’s experiences. Na’au is a place I go to when I meditate. I imagine it as a golden room that holds the records of my soul; a place for healing and coming home to myself. Definition courtesy of "Beth"--Thanks!
Na'alehu
naki`itie
nalowale
naludisappeared; lost
Nalu Wave; surf; full of waves; to form waves
nanalook; watch; observe
nanahucharcoal
naneawave; surf
nanienjoyable; enjoy
nani pretty
Napo'opo'o
ni`oichili pepper
nieleinquisitive; interrogate
niele nosey; frivolously inquisitive
nihotooth
nihonihoserrated
ninauask a question
nininipour
niucoconut
niu coconut
nofor; belonging to; by
no`eaucleverly done
no`ono`oconsider; ponder; think up
nohochair; sit; live
noiask for; request
NowemapaNovember
nuhasulky; pouty
nuilarge; plenty
nui big; large
nunuihuge
Hawaiian WordEnglish Definition
oof
'O ia mau no Same as usual
Ohana Family; relative; kin group; related.
'ohana family (esp. extended)
'okoleass or butt
olahealthy; alive; life
OleloLanguage; speech; word; quotation; statement; utterance; term; to speak; say; state; talk; mention; quote; converse; tell; oral; verbatim; verbal.
oli chant (not for hula dancing)
onesand
one hanaubirthplace (poetic)
ono delicious '
opala garbage; trash
Opu stomach; abdomen
'opu stomach; abdomen
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Hawaiian WordDefinition
TutuGrandfather; Grandmother
Hawaiian WordEnglish Definition
u`i(youthfully) good-looking; beautiful
uarain
uakiwatch; clock
uecry (tears)
ueawire
ukainland
ukanabaggage; carried belongings
ukupay
'uku louse; flea (uku head a dumb; small brained person)
uliulideep dark color; blue greenish
uluto grow up
ulula`auforest
umaumachest
Upolu PointBeautiful lookout point in North Kohala
Hawaiian WordEnglish Definition
wa`acanoe
wa`ugrate
waeleto weed
waenabetween; among; intermediate
wahine woman; female
wahooutside
waifresh water; who
wai fresh water
waihoto put something some place; leave something
waiho`olu`ucolor
WaikoloaVillage in South Kohaha on western Big Island
WaimeaVillages on Kauai and Big Island
wainiucoconut milk/water
WaipaheGood-natured
Waipi'o Valley
waiumilk
waiupakabutter
waiwairich; valuable
wawaefoot; leg
wawae`iolerat foot (seaweed)
weheopen; take off
wekainnards of `opihi
welahot
welelautip
wikiwiki fast; quick; speedy
wilito twist something around something
wiwiskinny