Common Hawaiian Terms:
- Hawaiian: Someone of Hawaiian blood, used to refer to anyone of Hawaiian ancestry or of the Hawaiian race. Sometimes Hawaiians refer to each other as Kanaka Maoli.
- Local: Someone born in the islands.
- Kama’aina: Someone who lives in the islands (and has a state of Hawaii driver's license).
- Malihini: Someone who is a visitor, guest, or newcomer to the islands.
- Wahine: Woman.
- Kane: Man.
- Keiki: Child or children.
- Haole: Someone of the white or Caucasian race.
- Makuahine: Mother.
- Makua kane: Father.
- Ohana: Family. Often symbolized by the turtle.
- Mainland: The continental United States.
- Off-island: Where someone, who lives on the islands, goes when they are not on their island of residence
- Aloha: Love, Welcome, Hello, Farewell
- Aunty: Aunt, all elderly females are considered aunties in Hawaii, a sign of respect
- Bodda you: Are you bothered by this?
- Braddah: Your friend or buddy
- Da Kine: Anything to which you are referring when you can't remember what it is. Also a great surf brand.
- Diamond Head – A well known landmark in Hawaii
- Grind: To eat or Grinds which is food
- Gecko: Lizard often found in local homes, great for eating insects and are said to bring good luck
- Howzit: Local for Aloha, or “How are you?”
- Kama’aina: Local person born and raised in Hawaii.
- Lei: Necklace of flowers, leaves, shells, etc
- Plate Lunch: Local lunch of : 2 scoops rice, a scoop of macaroni salad, beef, pork fish and/or chicken. Served on paper plate
- Shaka: Local hand sign that means “cool” “alright” “smooth” “aloha” etc