Do you need a list of English words of Hawaiian origin? The English language has taken words from many languages over the years. In this article we’ll take a look at Hawaii and its language.
List of English Words of Hawaiian Origin
Wikipedia has a great site where you can find a list of English words of Hawaiian origin. Here are a few examples:
- Akamai - clever or smart
- Aloha - this has three meanings: hello, goodbye, and love
- Awa - a plant belonging to the pepper family. An intoxicating beverage is made from its roots.
- Haole - outsider or foreigner
- Honu - a green sea turtle
- Hula - a Hawaiian dance which used to be performed by men as a war dance and a symbol of masculinity, can be fast or slow
- Kahuna - a priest, shaman, or wizard; also used to refer to a local or someone who has lived in Hawaii a long time.
- Keiki - child
- Lanai - a patio or veranda
- Luau - a feast
- Mahalo - thank you
- Mahi Mahi - dolphin
- Mano - shark
- Mumu - a loose garment or dress
- Ohana - family
- Pele’s hair - named after Pele, the fire goddess of volcanoes, it is the glass fibers from a volcano
- Pele’s tears - the solid pieces of lava
- Puka - hole
- Puka shells - round shells with a hole in them used in making necklaces
- Taboo - from the Hawaiian word kapu, something unacceptable or forbidden
- Ukulele - a little guitar
Facts about Hawaii
Now that you have a list of English words of Hawaiian origin, maybe you would like more information about Hawaii. Hawaii became a state in the United States of America on August 21, 1959.
Hawaii is the only state that is a group of islands. It is found in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 2000 miles from the mainland of the United States.
Hawaii is a part of the Hawaiian Island chain, which is a huge chain of islands stretching over 1500 miles. The whole archipelago is made up of around 130 islands, with some of them being very small.
Hawaii's nickname is The Aloha State. The eight main islands and their nicknames are:
- Molokai - The Friendly Isle
- Niihau - The Forbidden Isle
- Oahu - The Gathering Place
- Kauai - The Garden Isle
- Lanai - The Pineapple Isle
- Maui - The Valley Isle
- Kahoolawe - The Target Isle
The Hawaiian Islands have around one million people. It is a very popular destination for tourists because of the active and dormant volcanoes, tropical climate, gorgeous beaches, and great waves.
Being isolated, Hawaii has its own brand of culture and language, with influences from North America and Asia.
A few things make Hawaii unique:
- It is the only state that grows coffee
- It is totally surrounded by water
- It has a royal palace
- It is not geographically in North America
- It is made up of islands
- It does not have a straight line anywhere in its boundaries.
Here is a list of some of the official symbols of Hawaii:
- Bird - Hawaiian Goose (Nene)
- Dance - Hula
- Flower - Pua Aloalo (kind of Hibiscus)
- Gem - Black Coral
- Insect - Kamehameha butterfly
- Mammal - Hawaiian Monk Seal
- Marine Mammal - Humpback whale
- Tree - Kukui Tree
Each main island has an official color:
- Hawaii = red
- Kahoolawe = gray
- Kauai = purple
- Lanai = orange
- Maui = pink
- Molokai - green
- Niihau = white
- Oahu = golden yellow
Hawaii and Alaska are the only two states that do not border another state.