Official Native Language of Hawaii
Native Hawaiian was recognized as the official state language of Hawaii in 1978. All State Languages
The legal language states: "The Hawaiian language is the native language of Hawaii and may be used on all emblems and symbols representative of the State, its departments, agencies and political subdivisions."
The state motto and state song are in native Hawaiian (Hawaii's motto appears on the state seal and on the U.S. Mint's bicentennial commemorative quarter for Hawaii).
Frequently Used Hawaiian Words
: love, hello, goodbye
: A dance characterized by rhythmic body movements, a hula dancer; to dance the hula; song or chant used for the hula; to sing or chant for a hula.
kama'āina: native or local
kapu: taboo, no trespassing
keiki: child or children
kōkua: help or give assistance
lānai: porch, patio, balcony
lei: Garland, wreath; necklace of flowers, leaves, shells, ivory, beads, feathers, or paper, given as a symbol of affection
mahalo: thanks, gratitude; admiration, praise, esteem, regard, respect; admire, appreciate.
pūpū: snacks or appetizers
: A four-stringed instrument shaped similar to a very small guitar