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How To Say ‘Hello’ In Hawaiian + Other Useful Hawaiian Greetings

Wondering how to say ‘hello’ in Hawaiian? 

This post covers how to greet people in Hawaiian and teaches you some essential phrases including ‘hello’, ‘good morning’, ‘good afternoon’ and ‘good night’. 

It also covers some other greeting etiquette such as gestures that are used to say ‘hi’.

Hopefully you’ll leave this page knowing some essential Hawaiian greetings.

How Do You Say ‘Hello’ Or ‘Hi’ In Hawaiian?

If you want to say ‘hello’ or ‘hi’ to someone in Hawaiian then you can do so with the following phrase:

EnglishHawaiian
HelloAloha

The word ‘aloha’ actually means both ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’. 

‘Aloha’ actually means much more than this, it is also a way of life. You can use this word to send out kindness, love, positive intentions and respect to others.

A great phrase to follow this with would be ‘how are you?’ in Hawaiian.

Check out the video below to hear the pronunciation of ‘aloha’ by a native Hawaiian speaker:

Another common greeting phrase you might hear is:

EnglishHawaiian
How’s it going?/What’s up?Howzit?

This slang term was developed from the English phrase ‘how is it?’ and it’s very commonly used in Hawaii as a greeting.

How To Say Other Greetings In Hawaiian e.g. ‘Good Morning’

You may want to use some other greetings in Hawaiian such as ‘good morning’, ‘good afternoon’ and ‘good night’. Check out these other Hawaiian greetings below:

How To Say ‘Good Morning’ In Hawaiian

To say ‘good morning’ in Hawaiian, you can say:

EnglishHawaiian
Good morning
(6AM – 10AM)
Aloha kakahiaka
Good noontime
(10AM – 2PM)
Aloha awakea

The phrase ‘aloha kakahiaka’ which means ‘good morning’ should be used between the hours of 6AM and 10AM. 

From 10AM until 2PM, you should use ‘aloha awakea’ which means ‘good noontime’ to greet people.

How To Say ‘Good Afternoon’ In Hawaiian

To say ‘good afternoon’ in Hawaiian, you can say:

EnglishHawaiian
Good afternoonAloha ‘auinala

You would use this phrase from 2PM until 6PM.

How To Say ‘Good Evening’ In Hawaiian

To say ‘good evening’ in Hawaiian, you can say:

EnglishHawaiian
Good eveningAloha ahiahi

You would use this phrase from 6PM until 10PM.

How To Say ‘Good Night’ In Hawaiian

To say ‘good night’ in Hawaiian, you can say:

EnglishHawaiian
Good nightAloha po

Check out the video below to hear the pronunciation of ‘good morning’, ‘good noontime’, ‘good afternoon’ and ‘good evening’ by a native Hawaiian speaker:

Greet With The Shaka Sign

Another common way to greet someone in Hawaii is using the Shaka sign. This friendly gesture is often used to mean ‘what’s up?’ or ‘how’s it going?’ in Hawaii.

All you need to do is extend your thumb and little finger and curl the other 3 fingers into your palm. 

Check out the video below to see the Shaka sign in action. 

Drivers in Hawaii often use the Shaka sign to show both greetings and gratitude to other drivers.


Thanks for reading this post on how to greet someone in Hawaiian.

Hopefully you now know how to say ‘hello’ in Hawaiian and also how to say ‘good morning’, ‘good afternoon’ and ‘good night’ in Hawaiian.

You can find out more about the Hawaiian language here.

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