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Hawaiian Slang (standalone)

Talk Like a Local
Hawaiian Slang (standalone)
standalone hawaiian slang slideshow
By Nicole Antonio, AFAR Staff
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    Talk Like a Local
    Talk Like a Local
    When 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
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    TALK STORY
    TALK STORY
    (pronounce the same as in English)

    Definition: chat

    We just grabbed a couple drinks and talked story for a while.
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    KEIKI
    KEIKI
    (KAY-kee)

    Definition: child

    The waterpark's keiki
     slide was relatively tame.
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    OHANA
    OHANA
    (oh-HAH-nuh)

    Definition: family

    Luaus are fun for the whole ohana.
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    KAMA'AINA
    KAMA'AINA
    (KAH-muh AIEE-nuh)

    Definition: local

    Kama'aina discounts are for Hawaii residents only.
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    DA KINE
    DA KINE
    (duh KYNE)

    Definition: that thing

    "You have da kine, you know, like coconut Jell-O?"
    "You mean haupia?"
    "Yeah!"
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    LANAI
    LANAI
    (luh-NYE)

    Definition: balcony

    Your hotel room may have a lanai with an ocean view.
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    HOWZIT
    HOWZIT
    (HAO-zit)

    Definition: sup

    Howzit, brah?
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    CHOKE
    CHOKE
    (pronounce the same as in English)

    Definition: lots

    Whoa, da burger place gave us choke fries!
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    SLIPPAHS
    SLIPPAHS
    (SLIP-uhz)

    Definition: flip flops

    You'll want your slippahs for the beach.
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    PAU
    PAU
    (like "how" with a "p")

    Definition: done

    The server took my plate when I was all pau.
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    WHAT'S NEXT. . .