Hawaiian/Lesson 1

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Pāpāʻōlelo / Conversation[edit]

It is before school, and two students meet for the first time. They introduce themselves in Hawaiian.

Ikaika: Aloha kakahiaka! Ikaika: Good morning!
Kauʻi: Aloha kakahiaka. ʻO wai kou inoa? Kauʻi: Good morning. What is your name?
Ikaika: ʻO Ikaika koʻu inoa. ʻO wai kou inoa? Ikaika: My name is Ikaika. What is your name?
Kauʻi: ʻO Kauʻi koʻu inoa. Pehea ʻoe? Kauʻi: My name is Kauʻi. How are you?
Ikaika: Maikaʻi au. A ʻo ʻoe? Ikaika: I'm good. And you?
Kauʻi: Maikaʻi loa au, mahalo. Aloha, e Ikaika! Kauʻi: I'm very good, thanks. Goodbye, Ikaika!
Ikaika: Aloha a hui hou. Ikaika: Goodbye, until we meet again.


Greetings[edit]

ʻŌlelo Pelekane ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi
Hello! Aloha!
Good morning! Aloha kakahiaka!
Good mid-day! Aloha awakea!
Good afternoon! Aloha ʻauinalā!
Good evening! Aloha ahiahi!
Goodbye! Aloha!
Until we meet again. A hui hou.


Names[edit]

What's your name?[edit]

To ask a name in Hawaiian, start with ʻO wai, add one of the words in the table below, and finish with inoa?. So, to ask "What is your name?", you should say "ʻO wai kou inoa?".

ʻŌlelo Pelekane ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi
your kou
my koʻu
his/her kona
our (2 people, inclusive) kō kāua
our (3+ people, inclusive) kō kākou
our (3+ people, exclusive) kō māua
our (3+ people, exclusive) kō mākou
your (2 people) kō ʻolua
your (3+ people) kō ʻoukou
their (2 people) kō lāua
their (3+ people) kō lākou

Don't worry if this looks like a lot to learn; we'll cover it in more detail in another lesson.

My name is...[edit]

To give someone's name in Hawaiian, start with ʻO, add the name, add one of the phrases in the table for What's your name? section, and finish with inoa. Here are some examples:

ʻŌlelo Pelekane ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi
My name is Kaniela. ʻO Kaniela koʻu inoa.
Your name is Awapuhi. ʻO Awapuhi kou inoa.
His/her name is Keanu. ʻO Keanu kona inoa.
Our names (2 people) are Mele and Kapua. ʻO Mele lāua ʻo Kapua kō kāua inoa.
Our names are Kawika, Leiʻala, and Malia. ʻO Kawika, Leiʻala, a ʻo Malia kō kākou inoa.
Their names are Leimaile and Uʻilani. ʻO Leimaile lāua ʻo Uʻilani kō lāua inoa.