Greetings / Salutations

Source: Pukui, Mary Kawena & Elbert, Samuel H., Hawaiian Dictionary, Revised
and Enlarged Edition, University Of Hawai`i Press, Honolulu, 1986.
Pronunciation Guide


Greetings! (salutations, sympathies, expression of love and affection)

Aloha Akua!

Godís love!

Aloha mai!

Aloha hither!

Aloha nô!

Aloha indeed!

Aloha nui

Much aloha!

Aloha nui loa!

Very much aloha!

Aloha kakahiaka!

Good morning! (6 a.m. to 10 a.m.)

  • Aloha kakahiaka nui!

Good early morning!

  • Aloha kakahiaka aku!

Good late morning!

Aloha awakea!

Good noontime! (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Aloha `auinalâ!

Good afternoon (lit., declining sun)! (2 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

Aloha ahiahi!

Good evening! (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.)

Aloha e (Inoa)!

Aloha, (Name)! As in, Aloha, Craig!

Aloha `oe!

Aloha to (one of) you! / May you be loved!

Aloha `olua!

Aloha to (two of) you!

Aloha `oukou!

Aloha to (three or more of) you!

Aloha kâua!

Aloha to you and me! / May there be love and friendship between us!

Aloha kâkou!

Aloha to all of us!

`Ano `ai.

Ancient word meaning aloha; a warm salutation, still used.



`Eia nei! / Ei nei!

A polite way of attracting attention. Only used when speaking to one person. You there! (as between spouses, often affectionate, replacing "Darling!" / "Dear!"

`Eia `oe!

In a kindly voice, an affectionate welcome; in an angry voice, displeasure. "So, you have come!", "Well, you have come!"


Halloo! Yoo hoo!

Ke aloha nô!

Lit., "The love indeed!"

`O `oe kâ!

Oh, it's you!


A greeting similar to aloha, but more anciently used. Also, weli.

  • Welina me ke aloha.

Used as a salutation in a letter.

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