Try using these in your daily conversations!
February is ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i month, a time to celebrate and encourage others to speak the Hawaiian language. To commemorate the month, HI Now hosts Kanoe Gibson and Kainoa Carlson are sharing some simple phrases you can incorporate into your every day conversations.
Next time you see a friend or a co-worker, greet them with a “hello,” or “Aloha!” Then ask them, “Pehea `oe?” In English, that translates to “How are you?”
Obviously there are a number of ways to respond to this question, but here are a few simple options. You can respond with “Maika`i!” or “Fine!” You can even say “Maika`i nô,” or “very well,” if you’re feeling great. And sometimes you might not having the best day, so you could respond with “Maika`i `ole,” or “Not well.”
So after someone asks you how you’re doing, you’ll want to return the favor and ask how they are. To do this, ask: “A `o `oe?” And that means, “And you?”
Now if you’re just meeting someone for the first time, you could try asking them this question: “`O wai kou inoa?” This translates to, “What is your name?” To answer this question, you would reply, “`O <insert name> ko`u inoa.” Be sure to insert your name into the brackets to complete the sentence.
Another common question to ask someone you’re getting to know is: “No hea mai `oe?” This means, “Where are you from?” For example, if you’re from Kaneohe, you would respond like this: “No Kaneohe mai au.” So be sure to fill in the blank with the city or state where you’re from!
Other commonly used phrases you can add to your daily conversations include:
Good Morning: Aloha kakahiaka!
Thank you: Mahalo iâ `oe!
You’re Welcome: `A`ole pilikia.
Next time you’re with friends, family, or co-workers, see if you can use any of these phrases!