`Ōlelo – Starter Vocabulary

             
  Nouns       Verbs  
 

ae – yes (pronounced aye)
ali`i nui
– chiefs
`a`ole – no
apala – apple
au
– I (pronounced oh)
– taro stem, also breath of life
ha`a ha`a – humility or humble
ha
na – work
heiau – temple, sacred site
`ilio – dog
inoa – name
ipo
– gourd
kā kau – tattoo
kama`āina – native born or resident of Hawai`i
kāne – man
keiki – child

ki`i
– picture
ki`i pohako
– petroglyph
kōkua
– help

kula
– school
kule`ana – responsibility (to the community)
kumu
– teacher/source
lānai – porch, veranda, balcony
lau – leaf
mai`a
– banana
mea
– thing
mea `ai – food (thing that you eat)
mea `ono
– desert (thing that’s good)
mo`o
– lizard
niu
– coconut
noho – chair
`oia – He, She, It
`ohana – extended family
`ono – good
`oli – chant
pahu
– drum
papa he`enalu
– surfboard (wave sliding board)
piko
– the center
pohaku – rock
poki – cat
pono
– balance, done correctly, righteous

pua
– flower
pua`a
– pork, pig
puka
– door, opening/hole
puke – book
pule
– prayer
tutu –
grandmother
wa`a
– canoe (pronounced va-ah)
wahine – woman

`ai – eat (pronounced eye with sharp start)
ai
– to make love (ah-ee)
`au – swim (oh!)
ha`i – tell (ha-ee)
hana – make
hele – go
ho`o mau – to continue
ho`opili – join
kōkua – assist, help
mai – come (to me)
mau – continue
nānā – look
noho – live, reside or sit
poke – cut into small pieces
pōkē – to make a bouquet

     
  Adverbs and Adjectives  
 

hau`oli – happy, glad (how-oh-lee)
hikiwale – easy
huhū
– angry
i – in, at, or around
iki
– small
hāpai
– pregnant
kaha
– close to, near
kapu – forbidden
kaumaha – sad
ko`u
– my
kona
– his or hers
kou
– your
kūmū
– good looking
ku`uipo
– your
luhi
– tired
m
akai – toward the sea
maka
`u – frightened, scared
māluhiluhi
– really tired
mau – used to indicate many, more than one
mauka – inland, toward the mountains
nani – beautiful
nui
– big, many
`oe – you
`oia – he, she or it
`oi – best
`oma`ima`i – sick
`ona – drunk
pau – done, finished, the end

pupele
– crazy
pulu
– wet
wiki
– fast
wiki wiki
– very fast

                   
             
   
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