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25 Jun 2021
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Did you know that Hawaii is the only state that has two official languages? Although English is the dominant language spoken, there are some common Hawaiian words you will hear used throughout your stay. Whether at the beach, the grocery store, or written around town, there are some common words and phrases to learn before your visit!

Five Words and Phrases to Know Before You Visit Hawaii

1. Aloha 

“Hello and Goodbye”

Have you heard this one before? Almost everyone is familiar with this Hawaiian word meaning hello and goodbye. But did you know the deeper meaning of Aloha actually translates into a way of life? When someone lives Aloha they are living a life full of love, compassion, and kindness while expressing these good feelings to others. Share the Aloha spirit! 

2. Mahalo 

“Thank you"

Mahalo is the way to say thank you in Hawaii and is spoken commonly between locals and tourists alike. Although it’s used interchangeably as thank you, Mahalo also signifies a deeper level of thankfulness, appreciation, and gratitude as a way of living. 

3. A hui ho 

“Unit we meet again” 

This phrase is used as a pleasant farewell message full of Aloha. Until we meet again signifies, have a safe journey wherever you are going and we’ll see you again soon! 

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4. Pau Hana 

“Happy Hour” 

Make sure to say yes if you are invited to Pau Hana! This time of day is widely accepted as a typical happy hour experience and considered to be an informal time for enjoying with friends and family. Literally translates as, to be finished with work.

5. E kala mai

“Excuse Me”

Just in case you accidentally spill your mai tai on the person next to you at Pau Hana! This phrase can be used as a way to say sorry, pardon me, or ask for forgiveness. 

Now that you understand some local words, it’s time to book your next visit! Contact us for more information on how to book your next Hawaii vacation and allow our personal concierge to help make all of your arrangements before you arrive! 

Contact us by email at or phone 855.447.3685