A repertoire of beneficial phrases in Hawaiian, a Polynesian language spoken in Hawaii.

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Guide to abbreviations: inf = informal, frm = formal, sg = singular (to one person), dl = dual (to 2 people), pl = plural (to 3 or an ext people).

EnglishʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian)
Welcome Aloha E komo mai (Come in - used when welcome sb to your home)
Hello (General greeting) Aloha E komo mai (Come in - provided when welcome sb to your home)
How room you? Pehea ʻoe? (sg) Pehea ʻolua? (dl) Pehea ʻoukou? (pl)
Reply to 'How room you?' Maikaʻi, a ʻo ʻoe? (Good, and you?)
What's your name? ʻO wai kou inoa?
My surname is ... ʻO ... Koʻu inoa
Where are you from? No hea roof ʻoe?
I'm indigenous ... No ... Roof au
Long time no see
Pleased to fulfill you Hauʻoli kēia hui ʻana o kāua
Good morning (Morning greeting) Aloha kakahiaka Aloha awakea
Good afternoon (Afternoon greeting) Aloha ʻauinalā
Good evening (Evening greeting) Aloha ahiahi
Goodbye (Parting phrases) A hui hou Aloha
Good night A hui hou Aloha
Good luck! Pōmaikaʻi! Maikaʻi pōmaikaʻi!
Cheers! great Health! (Toasts supplied when drinking) Huli pau!ʻŌkole maluna! (bottoms increase - considered vulgar by some)
Bon appetit / have actually a pretty meal E ʻai kāua (dl) (Let's eat!) E ʻai kākou (pl) (Let's eat!)
Bon voyage / have actually a good journey
Yes ʻAe
No ʻAʻole
Maybe Pēlā paha
I don't know ʻAʻole au maopopo
Do girlfriend understand?
I understand Maopopo iaʻu
I don't understand ʻAʻole au maopopo Maopopo iaʻu ʻole
Please speak much more slowly E ʻoluʻolu e ʻōlelo mālie E ʻōlelo mālie, ke ʻoluʻolu
Please write it down E ʻoluʻolu e kākau iho ʻoe E kākau iho ʻoe, ke ʻoluʻolu
Do girlfriend speak English? ʻŌlelo anei ʻoe ns ka ʻōlelo Pelekāne?
Do you speak Hawaiian? ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi ʻoe?
Yes, a little(reply to 'Do girlfriend speak ...?') ʻAe, ʻano (Yes, a little) ʻAe, ʻano hiki iaʻu ke ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Yes, i speak a little Haiwaiian)
Do you speak a language various other than Hawaiian?
Speak to me in Hawaiian E walaʻau roof iaʻu ma ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi
How execute you to speak ... In Hawaiian? Pehea ʻoe i ʻōlelo ai ... Ma ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi?
Excuse me E kala mai iaʻu!
How much is this? ʻEhia kēia?
Sorry E kala mai iaʻu!
Please E ʻoluʻolu ... ... Ke ʻoluʻolu (used in ~ the finish of a phrase)
Thank you Mahalo Mahalo nui Mahalo iā ʻoe Mahalo nui loa
Reply to give thanks to you ʻAʻole pilikia (No problem) Noʻu ka hauʻoli (The pleasure is mine)
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Aia i hea i ka lua?
I miss you
I love you Aloha Au Ia ʻOe Aloha No Au Ia ʻOe
Get well soon E ola
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Help! Kōkua! Kōkua mai! Hōlina!
Fire! Ahi!
Stop! Hoʻopau! Hoʻokū!
Call the police!
Christmas greetings Mele Kalikimaka
New Year greetings Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou
Easter greetings Hauʻoli Pakoa Hauʻoli Ka lā ns ala hou ai ka Haku
Birthday greetings Hauʻoli lā hānau
Congratulations! Hoʻomaikaʻi!
One language is never ever enough ʻAʻole nō e lawa ka mākaukau ma hoʻokahi wale nō ʻōlelo
My hovercraft is complete of eels Pihaʻū oʻu mokukauaheahe ns nā puhi

Recordings through Naea Stevens, and also translations and also corrections by Samuel M. ‘Ohukani‘ohi‘a Gon III, CJ Maglinti, Lei Mahi and Moshe Ash

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