Hawaiian Words for Family

There are many Hawaiian words for family. For example, if you are talking with your grandparent, you may use the endearing term, tutu. If you are talking about your family’s household, you may refer to your hale.

Below, you can hear these family words, as spoken by native Hawaiian speakers:

ListenHawaiian WordEnglish Translation
OhanaFamily, kin, relative
HaleHouse or home.
LanaiPorch, patio, or balcony. Usually at the back of the house.
TutuGrandparent (affectionate)
KaneMan
WahineWoman, female