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Glossary and Pronunciation


Glossary (click on underlined words to hear a pronunciation)
 

‘aumakua

Hawaiian

A guardian ancestor spirit that takes the form of an animal or force of nature. More here.

‘awa

Hawaiian

A plant root producing soporific effects. More here.

'ohana

Hawaiian

Extended family, including non-biological members.

‘uhane

Hawaiian

spirit

akamai

Hawaiian

smart, clever

akualele

Hawaiian

A supernatural fireball bringing evil fate.

aloha

Hawaiian

“hello”/”goodbye”. Common in English.

haole

Hawaiian

Foreigner/white person. Common in English.

Hiku

Hawaiian

A hero from folklore.

Kahalaopuna

Hawaiian

A tragic heroine from folklore.

kahuna

Hawaiian

A wise/skilled person. May or may not have supernatural knowledge.

kahuna ana’ana

Hawaiian

A kahuna who specializes in dark sorcery.

kahuna ho’opi’opi’o

Hawaiian

A kahuna who specializes in restorative magic.

kapu

Hawaiian

“taboo”

Kawelu

Hawaiian

A heroine from folklore.

koa

Hawaiian

A kind of tree known for beautiful wood. Common in English.

kuewa

Hawaiian

A dead hungry soul.

lomilomi

Hawaiian

Restorative massage. Also a style of preparing fish with salt.

mahalo

Hawaiian

“thank you”. Used commonly in English.

maile

Hawaiian

A flowering vine with ritual significance.

Malama pono

Hawaiian

“fare well”

malo

Hawaiian

A traditional skirted loincloth.

mana

Hawaiian

spiritual power.

menehune

Hawaiian

(supernatural race) the little people who live in the interior of the island.

mo’o

Hawaiian

A powerful female ‘aumakua in giant lizard form.

ono

Hawaiian

A popular fish.

pueo

Hawaiian

The Hawaiian owl.

ti

Hawaiian

A shrub plant with ritual significance.

jiu-jitsu

Japanese

Japanese/Brazilian grappling martial art used in MMA.

gi

Japanese

white cotton outfit used in jiu-jitsu. Common in English.

brah

Pidgin

bro or “man”. Very common.

da kine

Pidgin

“The best” or “special” or “that one”. Very common.

Eh, no make like dat, brah. All hamajang, dis.

Pidgin

pidgin phrase meaning “don’t be like that, bro, this is all messed up.”

ho

Pidgin

interjection (hey)

Ho brah, what boddah you?

Pidgin

“Hey bro what’s wrong”

moke

Pidgin

A rough local guy. More here.

no act

Pidgin

don’t mess around

adobo

Tagalog

dish with special sauce (also Spanish)

lolo

Tagalog

grandfather. Also means “crazy” in Hawaiian.

multo

Tagalog

dangerous ghost

Tagalog

Tagalog

language commonly spoken in Philippines

tanga

Tagolog

stupid, foolish