- 1 / 12Talk Like a LocalWhen visiting Hawaii, airlines introduce you to "aloha" and "mahalo" before you even step off the plane. But what else do you need to know when chatting up the locals? You don't, by any means, need to know Hawaiian to get around, but this mini crash course in kama'aina vocab will help you make a great impression.
All photos by Nicole Antonio
Handwriting and illustrations by A. Salamandra
- 2 / 12TALK STORY(pronounce the same as in English)
We just grabbed a couple drinks and talked story for a while.
- 3 / 12KEIKI(KAY-kee)
The waterpark's keiki slide was relatively tame.
- 4 / 12OHANA(oh-HAH-nuh)
Luaus are fun for the whole ohana.
- 5 / 12KAMA'AINA(KAH-muh AIEE-nuh)
Kama'aina discounts are for Hawaii residents only.
- 6 / 12DA KINE(duh KYNE)
Definition: that thing
"You have da kine, you know, like coconut Jell-O?"
"You mean haupia?"
- 7 / 12LANAI(luh-NYE)
Your hotel room may have a lanai with an ocean view.
- 8 / 12HOWZIT(HAO-zit)
- 9 / 12CHOKE(pronounce the same as in English)
Whoa, da burger place gave us choke fries!
- 10 / 12SLIPPAHS(SLIP-uhz)
Definition: flip flops
You'll want your slippahs for the beach.
- 11 / 12PAU(like "how" with a "p")
The server took my plate when I was all pau.
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