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9. Hawaiian Words

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Learn a few common Hawaiian words. “Aloha” (ah-LOH-ha) is used a lot and means hello, goodbye, and welcome all in one. “Mahalo” (mah-HAH-lo) means thank you, but you will never hear this used except in the airport and tourist confirmation letters, so don’t use it yourself. “Hale” (HA-leh) means house and is very common. “Kai” (kahee, silent h) means saltwater. “Kapu” (KAH-poo) means taboo, forbidden, keep out. “Makai” (mah-KAHEE) means toward the ocean. “Mauka” (MOW-kah) means toward the mountain. “Paniolo” (pah-nee-OH-lo) means cowboy.

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