Aloha: The most common expression in the
islands. It can mean hello and goodbye, welcome or
farewell. It can also mean romantic affection or best
wishes. Aloha is a general good feeling you will
find everywhere on Maui!
Awa: Milkfish; a large, silvery, scaly fish with a high dorsal fin that can reach 6 feet long.
Aznuts: Ridiculous or out of your mind.
Bodda You? Does this bother you?
Braddah: Brother; Bro.
Brah: All the bros in Hawaii are Brahs; brothers; pals.
Brok' Da Mout: Tastes really delicous; yummy grinds!
Bumbye: When we get around to it; after a little while.
Choke: Meaning "a lot of something"; many; a large amount.
Choke Cars: Heavy traffic.
Da’ Kine: The real thing; a whatchamacallit;
"you know what I mean?".
Dirty Lick'ns: A Spanking.
Eriding: Everything; all of it.
Eh!: You know!
'Ey!: Attention getter, (yell).
Fadda: Father, Dad.
Fo' Real?: Are you serious?
Fo' Shua!: For sure!
Geev' um: Give it to them; go for it; give it
hell. If a surfer is up on
Haad Rub: Having a hard time; Bad time; feeling uncomfortable.
Hale: House or building; often combined
with other words to name a specific place such as Haleakala (House of the Sun).
Haole: A word that used to mean foreigner,
but now means a white person or Caucasian.
Ho Brah...: Prelude to describing something intense or amazing.
Honu: This is the Hawaiian word for Sea Turtle. Our Green Sea Turtles were almost hunted to extinction in the 1970's but with legislation and luck, they have made a strong comeback. We see several Honu on almost every dive here at Shaka Divers!
Howzit?: What’s happening? How’s
it going? Frequently used informally by the locals in
place of "Aloha".
Junk: Not good; lousy; rotten.
K'Den: OK then; Agreed.
Kahuna: This means priest, sorcerer,
doctor, or other highly skilled person. Commonly used as "Da
Kamaaina: A long time island resident or
local. Oftentimes, hotels and airlines will offer special
discounts called "Kamaaina Rates" to anyone who can prove their
Kokua: Help or assistance, as in "Your
Kokua is needed to keep these islands
free of litter. Mahalo!"
Lanai: Porch or veranda; the patio. Hotel
rooms usually cost more if the Lanai has an ocean or sunset view.
Local Style: Anything typical of the way people do things in Hawaii; laid back; relaxed.
Lolo Buggah: A stupid or crazy guy.
Luau: A Hawaiian feast featuring Poi, imu baked pork, poke, and other
traditional island foods. Make sure you bring your
appetite and your Aloha Shirt!
Manini: The Convict Tang; a small, whitish reef fish with 5 or 6 vertical black bars.
Mahalo: Thanks or Thank You! "Mahalo
Nui Loa" means
"Thank you very much!".
Mauka: Towards the mountains, also used
when giving directions as in "Mauka-side of the highway."
Moi Moi: Sleep.
Muumuu: One of those big, long, flowery
dresses that have become fashionable at almost any island
Ohana: A family. Many homes in Hawaii have
an Ohana Cottage which could also be known as a
Pali: Cliff. Be careful not to drive off
the Pali during whale season!
Poi: A glutinous paste made from
pounding taro root. Purplish in color and kind of sour
tasting, it is a staple that can be found at all
Puka: A hole of any size.
Shaka: Great or excellent; "Cool!";
brilliant; having fun; good job. A hand signal originally
made popular by surfers where you stick out the thumb and
pinky and fold the other three fingers in; "Hang
Tako: Octopus. Very popular ingredient in Poke, a Hawaiian salsa.
Talk Stink: Speaking bad about someone.
Try Move: (Please) move out of the way.
Uhu: Parrot fish. Each one supposedly eats enough coral to produce a ton of new sand each year. This means when you're having a snack on the beach, you're really just "Havin' Pu pu's on Uhu doo doo!" Nice!
Uku: A Grey Snapper: a 3 foot long, bluish gray to silvery gray fish usually found in midwater in deeper parts of the reef.
Ukulele: The small, four or eight stringed folk instrument with the unique Hawaiian sound. Made famous by Tiny Tim.
species of "Jacks" and "Trevally" are found here.
The Hawaiians call them all "Ulua".
We Go: Let's get out of here; split.
Wiki: Quick or fast; in a hurry. Often seen as "Wiki wiki" which means very fast!
Aloha Ahiahi: Good evening.
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