Hawaiian Words you Should Know

heart drawn in the sand

There are several lists on the Internet of Hawaiian words you should know. These lists invariably list words the author thinks you should know before visiting Hawaii.

I have my own list of about 140 very useful words. I have these lists of English words, which I created from my own travels and have translated into various languages – Hawaiian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Thai. You can purchase these or other handy tourist “cards” from Yellow Bear Journeys for a donation of $5 or more. I can also provide the list in other languages, but that will cost you more than the already prepared lists. I started a Chamorro language card, but most of the “tourist” words don’t have Chamorro equivalents.

But I digress. This article about Hawaiian Words is about words which have deep meaning. These are words which draw you into deeper oneness with all that is.

The first Hawaiian word, which probably almost every knows is Aloha. Wehewehe  tells us that Aloha means Love, Compassion, Affection, Mercy, Sympathy, Pity, Kindness, etc. Aloha is used for both Hello and Goodbye. Aloha can also mean Remember.
Alo means Front, Face, or Presence. Ha means (among other things) Breath, so Aloha means The Presence Breathes or The Breath of the Presence is here. It could mean We are Present, let’s Breathe! Ha also means Four – a reference to the Four major Gods, so Aloha means the Gods are with us.

Mahalo is used mostly for Thank You. From it’s roots it means May the Breath flow through you.
In Star Wars terms, Aloha means The Force is strong in this one. Mahalo means, May the Force be with you.

Hoaloha means Friend. It means, We share Aloha.

Ohana means Family and includes all your besties or best friends. An Ohana is an extended family, some of whose members may only be spiritually related. Ohana can be extended to mean we are all one family. Children (Keiki) in Hawaii call most adults Aunty and Uncle. Ohana means we share the same roots. Ohana means we remember who we are. Ohana means we share responsibility for making sure our roots grow into healthy, nourishing plants.

Malu is one of several Hawaiian words meaning Peace. Malu means Shade, Shelter, Peace. Lulu means to lie quietly in calm water. Kuapapa means Good Things are Piled up. Niau means Flowing. Ku’u means Set free.

Kaulike means Equality, Evenly balanced, Made alike.

Aina means Land, or That which feeds or Food Source or Nourisher.

Melemele means Yellow. More deeply it means Song of Songs or Heartfelt Song. So Yellow Bear is the Bear with the Heartfelt Song or Song Bear. I don’t do much singing these days, but there’s always a song in my heart.

Many words and phrases in many languages have deep meanings. Sometimes the meaning varies, depending on who you ask. Deep words are more meaningful, when you find the meaning yourself, hiding there in your own brain or thought stream.
If you come with us on Spiritual Beach Walks, we can help you find you own words which have deep meaning. One place to look for them, is to look at words and phrases you use a lot. That might require listening to yourself. It’s easier to understand the deep meaning of words when you understand your own deep meaning. And that’s usually where our Spiritual Beach Walks start. Helping you understand a little more clearly who you really are.

Le toca a ti, is a Spanish phrase, usually used when playing cards which means It’s your turn. Le toca a mi would be, It’s my turn or more literally, It touches to me. Le toca a mi has a deeper meaning of It’s my responsibility. No le toca a mi means It’s not my responsibility. Part of understanding who you are involves understanding when something needs to be attended to by you and when you need to allow somebody else to take care of it.

People who speak multiple languages are called polyglots. I, myself, am more of a poly-galoot.