Recently I’ve been listening a lot to KINE 105 FM, a radio station from Honolulu, Hawaii. It offers a selection of both old and new Hawaiian songs, as well as information about what’s going on. When you listen to it, you can almost imagine that you are actually in Hawaii. (Sadly, I’m not.)
Anyways, the more I listen to KINE, the more I pick up Hawaiian words which I understand from the context. This reinforces why it’s so important for language learners to expose themselves to the language they are learning. If you study English, then try to listen to English as often as possible. With the Internet, there are no longer any excuses!
Some of the Hawaiian words and phrases I’ve picked up:
Aloha Kakahiaka – Good Morning
Aloha Auina La – Good Afternoon
Aloha Ahiahi – Good Evening
Aloha au ia ‘oe – I love you
Kala mai ia’u – Excuse me
Mahalo – Thank you
‘A’ole pilikia – You’re welcome / No problem
Pehea ‘oe? – How are you?
Maika’i no au – I am fine
‘O ia mau no – Same as usual
‘A’ole – No
‘Ae – Yes
Pupule – Crazy
Hau’oli La Hanau – Happy Birthday
Hau’oli Makahiki Hou – Happy New Year
Mele Kalikimaka – Merry Christmas
Keiki – Child
Pili loco – Local places
Ohana – Family, relatives
Aloha – Love, compassion, affection, etc.
And here’s a good resource for Hawaiian-English dictionaries.