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I’ve you’re visiting the Hawaiian Islands, please realize that while English is the primary language spoken, there are many words and phrases that will be mixed in with English.
The Hawaiian language has the same 5 vowels as the English language but only 7 consonants— h, k, l, m, n, p and w. Since every consonant is followed by a vowel, every word ends in a vowel.
Just to help with the pronunciation of the vowels:
a “ah” as in father
e “eh” as in neighbor
i “ee” as in free
o “oh” as in low
u “oo” as in coon
Some words that you should know if you are traveling to Hawaii:
Aloha pronounced AH LOW HA which means hello, goodbye, and is a word of affection
Mahalo pronounced MAH HA LOW which means thank you
These 2 words might help you with some directions:
Mauka pronounced MOW KAH which means on the mountain side of the road
Makai pronounced MAH KIGH which means on the ocean side of the road