Hawaiian 101

Hawaiian Word List

The purpose of this list is to give a rough idea of the Hawaiian language. The words listed below are not the most common words, but a broad sampling of words. See the Word Lists page for more details.

English

Hawaiian
(ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi)
I

au
you (singular)

ʻoe
he

ʻoia, ia, ʻoia nei, ʻoia ala
we

kāua (dual, incl.), kākou (pl., incl.), māua (dual, excl.), mākou (pl., excl.)
you (plural)

ʻolua (dual), ʻoukou (pl.)
they

lāua (dual), lākou (pl.)
this

kēia, ia, ʻoia, nei, neia
that

kēnā, nā; kēlā, lā
here

maʻaneʻi, eia nei
there

laila, malaila, i laila
who

wai, ʻo wai, na wai
what

aha, he aha, pehea
where

aia i hea, ʻauhea, ai hea
when

ināhea
how

pehea
not

ʻaʻole
all

āpau, pauloa, pau, papau, like ʻole, puni, holoʻokoʻa, paunui
many

nui, lau
some

kākaʻikahi
other

kekāhi
one

kahi
two

lua
three

kolu
four

five

lima
big

nui, nunui, hālala, māhuahua
long

loa
wide

ākea, laulā
thick

mākolukolu
heavy

kaumaha
small

iki, liʻi
short

pōkole
narrow

lāʻiki
thin

lahi
woman

wahine
man (adult male)

kāne
man (human being)

kanaka
child

keiki, kama
wife

wahine
husband

kāne
mother

makuahine
father

makuakāne
animal

holoholona
fish

iʻa
bird

manu
dog

ʻīlio
louse

ʻuku
snake

naheka
worm

koʻe, ilo
tree

lāʻau, kumulāʻau
forest

ulu lāʻau
stick

lāʻau
fruit

hua
seed

ʻanoʻano, hua, hua kanu
root

aʻa, mole, weli
bark (of a tree)

ʻili, ʻili lāʻau
flower

pua
rope

kaula, kāwelewele
skin

ʻili, ʻaluʻalu
blood

koko
bone

iwi
tail

huelo
ear

pepeiao
eye

maka
mouth

waha
tooth

niho
tongue (organ)

alelo
fingernail

mikiʻao
foot

wāwae
leg

wāwae
knee

kuli
hand

lima
wing

ʻēheu
belly

ʻōpū, hakualo
back

kua
breast

ū, waiū
to drink

inu, inumia, pā
to eat

ʻai, ʻai iho, amu, hoʻopiha
to bite

nahu, nanahu, ʻaki, ʻaʻaki, ʻakina
to blow

pahi, pā, papā, pā makani, ulu, unu
to breathe

hanu, aho
to cut

ʻoki, hōʻoki, moku, mō, mokumoku, momoku, mokuhia, kālai, kaha
to walk

hele wāwae, hele
to come

hele mai, mai
to wash

holoi
to wipe

kāwele, holoi, hoʻokāwele
to pull

huki
to push

pahu
to count

helu, heluhelu, heluna
to float

lana, lanalana
to flow

kahe
to freeze

make anu, hoʻopaʻa i ka hau, makaʻeleʻele
sun

star

hōkū
water

wai
river

kahawai, muliwai
lake

loko, loko wai, loko paʻakai, moana, moana wai, moana paʻakai
sea

kai, moana
salt

paʻakai
stone

pōhaku
sand

one
dust

ehu lepo, kuehu, ehu, ʻehu, uahi, lelehuna, lepo ʻaeʻae
cloud

ao
sky

lani, aouli, lewa
wind

makani
snow

hau, hau kea
smoke

uahi
ash

lehu, paʻu ahi
road

ala, alanui, ala hele
red

ʻulaʻula, ʻula
green

ʻōmaʻomaʻo, maʻomaʻo
yellow

melemele, lena
white

keʻokeʻo, kʻeo, kea
black

ʻeleʻele, ʻele, pōʻele, pāʻele, ʻeneʻene
day

lā, ao
year

makahiki
warm

mahana, pumehana
cold

anu, anuanu
bad

maikaʻiʻole, ʻino, kohole
rotten

pilau, palahū, ʻinoʻino, palahō,
dirty

lepo
straight

pololei
round

poepoe, popohe, kūpoepoe
sharp (as a knife)

ʻoi, ʻāwini
dull (as a knife)

kūmūmū, mūmū, ʻoi ʻole
smooth

malino
wet

pulu, pulu pē, maʻū, ʻelo, paʻū
dry

maloʻo
correct

pololei, pono
right

ʻākau

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