13 Slang Words You Must Know Before Visiting Hawaii

April 15, 2018
  1. Aloha - The Hawaiian way of saying anything positive whether it is a greeting or a way to describe an activity.
  2. Lei - A necklace made of flowers, shells, or leaves which is commonly placed on you the second you step off the plane after hearing your first Aloha. Leis are typically used during celebrations by both men and women.
  1. Mahalo - Thank You
  2. Shaka - Hawaiian hand gesture with pinky and thumb out, representing thanks or gratitude. Check out our CEO showing off a double shaka!
  1. Cheehoo! - a Hawaiian slang originating from the Samoa culture.  It is a term that is often used around family and friends in a positive light.  “Cheehoo!” is exclaimed when you are celebrating or if something is exciting. The term is most similar to terms like woohoo, yee-haw, or wahoo.
  2. Shoyu - what the locals call soy sauce.
  3. Mauka and Makai - These terms of directions will be helpful to know when you are getting around on the island.  Mauka means toward the mountain and makai means toward the ocean.
  4. Braddah - Brother or friend
  5. ‘Ohana - C’mon, have you ever seen Lilo and Stitch?  ‘Ohanameans family.
  1. ‘Ono - Delicious, likely used to describe Malasada, a portuguese donut
  1. Lanai - You will likely see this term used a lot when you are searching for a place to stay. Lanai simply means balcony or patio.
  2. Wahine - Women.
  3. Kāne - Men. You will commonly see these terms labeled on bathrooms.

Aloha, my name is Audrey and I am part of the Hawaii Chee team. When I am not working with Hawaii Chee, I am cuddling with my 4 year old cat or hiking.

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