So you think Dog the Bounty Hunter is cool when he says “How’z it bra” and you want to find out what language that is. Or, you might just think ‘what the heck did he just say’? Don’t be a haole, learn the local language.
Pidgin is a creole language spoken by many Hawaiians. It originated between English speaking residents and non-English speaking immigrants.
Ok, enough of the history lesson. Let’s learn some cool pidgin phrase and fun Hawaiian words.
Howzit brah: how is it brother
Da’ Kine: the real thing or a whatchamacallit (pretty much anything)
Brok’ Da Mout: the food tastes really good
Fo’ Real: are you serious?
Grind: to eat like a Hawaiian (a lot)
Ho Brah: prelude to describe something intense
Jalike?: wanna do something?
Like beef?: you want to fight?
Mo’ Bettah: really good or good idea
No Act: quit showing off
Shaka: great, cool, excellent. The ‘hang loose’ sign (holding out the thumb and pinky)
Try move: move out of the way
We go: let’s go
Aloha: hello, goodbye, welcome, a romantic affection, or best wishes. Just a general good feeling.
Haole: white person or foreigner
Hawaiian time: late
Hula: a native Hawaiian dance
Humu Humu Nuku Nuku Apua’a: Hawaiian State fish (rectagular trigger)
Da Big Kahuna: a highly skilled person
Kamaaina: a long time island resident. Learn this one to get big discounts.
Kokua: help or assistance
Lei: a traditional garland of flowers
Local style: anything typical or the way people do things in Hawaii – laid back
Luau: Hawaiian feast
Pu pu: appetizer
Ukulele: a small 4 – 8 string folk instrument
Wahine: a young woman
Wiki wiki: very fast