Learn some Hawaii slang or Pidgin

Hawaiian slang or pidgin are typically how locals here chit chat and talk story around the islands. These expressions are typically condense words or sayings that the same anywhere on the islands – the shorter, mo, bettah. Let’s learn some Hawaii slang or pidgin and talk story with each other.

Pick up some Hawaiian lingo below

Many of these terms are typically how early plantation workers from Filipinos, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Hawaiian and others communicated in simple or broken English in a slang. Many of these terms are not so easy to understand or are spoken in reverse but no worries, if it doesn’t make sense to you now. With some practise on some of the slang that that sticks to you, hopefully you’ll get to use them when you are visiting or just want to talk like a local on the islands.

Hawaii pidgin for eating terms

Hawaiian style eating or foodie terms

Learn some of these Hawaiian slang words for anything about food, eating and enjoying foods of Hawaii

Say Shoyu instead of Soy Sauce

Ask for Saimin instead of Ramen

Order some Pupu instead of appetizer

Ask for Shave ice not shaved ice

Broke da mouth means delicious and so good

Say Pau for done or I’m finished

Say Ono for delicious

Look for wagon instead of a shopping cart

Kau kau time for dinner time

Time for grindz or food

Got choke or plenty

Scosh or just a little or small size

Hawaiian pidgin appearance terms

Hawaiian dress or appearance

Here’s some basic dressing terms or accessories in pidgin to learn

Wear yo slippahs and not flip flops

Bolo head for bald

It’s sweater or a sweat shirt

A lavalava is also a sarong

Titah bun or quick hair bun style or messy hair

General expressions or sayings in Hawaii

Howzit or hello

Mahalo or thank you

Rajah dat or something you say in agreement

Dats cherry or cool

Imua means go for it

Dakine for whatchamacallit, anything or don’t remember what it is

Eh Brah or hey brother or bros

Talk story or have a conversation, gossip or catch up

We go mainland not the United States

Shoots generally means okay – similar to Rajah

Let’s holoholo or cruise or go out

Small kine or just a little

Hana Hou or encore/let’s do it again

You Akamai or smart

Kapu means taboo or prohibited

Say Chout instead of watch out

Kapakahi instead of messed up

Hemo or take off

Hanaaaa or halanaka means your in trouble

Say Pssst instead of say hey

Lets hele or go now

Auwe means ouch

Chance em or give it a try

Kanikapila or let’s play some music

Want pakololo instead of marijuana

Big puka instead of a hole

Say come for will you come over here

K-den instead of bye

Kokua or help and assist

Funny expressions

He lolo or crazy

Squirleh is a guy or girl that is wishy washy or sneaky and not a good thing

Got chicken skin or goosebumps

Oh da cute or how cute

Who went fut means who farted

Stink eye for that dirty look

Bus’ laff in stead of laughed so hard.

Say bumbai instead of see you later or just later

Okolehao means Bottoms up.

You like go show nah we go movies

Say Li dat instead of like that

You buss for drunk or messed up

Okole or your butt

Guaranty also means yes if asked a question

Yeah You or your right or I see you

Dat Buggah can mean anything or a general expression of surprise or agreement

Aurieee is a cool way of saying alright

Cheee Hoooo is a loud cheer mostly at celebrations or fun events

Nah, Nah Nah is a long way of saying no not really

Like liken or a good spanking

No Ack means don’t act like that

Body and Personal hygene

That’s my piko meaning your belly button

Your Okole not your ass

I go shi shi  instead of pee pee

Pilau is something stinky or smelly

That’s a few of the funny terms and general expressions that you can add to your local vocabulary. If we missed anything else, please add in the comments below, mahalo.

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