Hawaiian Language Hacks

Napali Coast

Napali Coast- pronounced nah PEE lee

Hawaii is my happy place.  We would live there if we could but since that isn’t possible right now, Mr and Mrs. My Vacation Lady will have to make due with visiting as frequently as possible.  Even though we’ve been to Hawaii many times, we still have some issues with pronouncing some of  the Hawaiian places and sites.

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

Click here for some common words and their pronunciations

Just because you can’t pronounce Haleakala (HA-leh-A ka LAAH) or Ka’anapali (kah-ah-nah-PAH lee), My Vacation Lady can still help you plan a fabulous vacation or honeymoon to these places.  We are Hawaii destination specialists and each time we go, we come home with new tips and ideas to help make our client’s vacations or honeymoons even better.  If you want your Hawaii vacation or honeymoon to be the best vacation ever, let the professionals at My Vacation Lady help.

 

 

About the Author:

Mindy Gilbert of My Vacation Lady has been helping clients, just like you, plan their dream vacations, cruises and honeymoons since 1994.