The Hawaiian alphabet has only 12 letters! That's all we needed for our glossary.
a e h i k l m n o p u w
abolish - to put and end to, or do away with.
ali'i - Hawaiian chief or ruler.
aloha - love, hello, good-bye.
'aumakua - family god or guardian spirit, often in the form of an animal such as a shark.
ehu - red.
ehu kai - sea spray.
haka moa - chicken fight.
hakoko - the sport of wrestling.
hala - also known as screwpine, the Hawaiian tree used for weaving.
haupia - a pudding made from the roots of the pia plant and coconut milk.
he'e nalu - to ride a surfboard.
hukilau - a Hawaiian sein net used for fishing.
hula - an ancient form of Hawaiian dance in which dancers tell a story with hand and body movements.
'ili'ili - small smooth stones used as a musical instrument.
imu - an earthen pit oven used by Polynesian cultures for cooking
ipu - a gourd used for a musical instrument.
kalo - also known as taro, the corm or thick stem of the plant is cooked and pounded into poi, an important Hawaiian food.
kalua pork - a whole pig roasted in an earthen pit oven (imu).
kane - man.
kapu - taboo, forbidden, prohibition.
ki - also known as the ti plant, the leaves are used for lei and for wrapping food.
King Kamehameha II - Liholiho, son of King Kamehameha I, ruled from 1819 to 1824, when he died while on a trip to London. He did away with the kapu system of law, and allowed women and men to eat together.
konane - an ancient Hawaiian game with black and white rocks that is played like checkers.
lei - a garland of flowers, shells, seeds, or feathers worn by Hawaiians around their head, neck, wrist, leg, or ankle.
lau hala - the leaf of the hala tree used for weaving mats.
lomi - to massage or knead. lomi salmon - a Hawaiian dish made from chopped salted fish, tomatoes, and onions, served cold.
lu'au - a Hawaiian feast or celebration with music, dancing, food, and games.
mai'a - banana or banana plant
malo - a strip of cloth wound around the waist and through the legs, worn by Hawaiian men.
makahiki - a four-month long season of celebration (October - January) for ancient Hawaiians, at which they competed in sports events, played games, feasted, danced, and played music.
mele - song or chant
menehune - a legendary race of small Hawaiian people who were hard workers.
missionary - American Protestant missionaries arrived in Hawai'i in 1820 to spread the word of their religious beliefs.
mokomoko - Hawaiian boxing.
nene - Hawaiian goose, the Hawaii State bird.
ohana - family
'ohe - bamboo
'ohe ka'eke - pieces of bamboo pounded on the ground and used as a musical instrument.
Pele - goddess of the volcano.
poi - food made from pounded and watered kalo.
pu - large conch shell used as a musical instrument.
pu'ili - bamboo rattle used as a musical instrument.
puniu - small knee drum used as a musical instrument.
'uala - sweet potato, an important food for Hawaiians.
'ukeke - piece of wood with two or three strings used as a musical instrument.
'ulili - musical instrument made from three gourds on a stick and named after the 'ulili bird.
'ulu maika - an ancient Hawaiian game in which a rounded stone is rolled between two upright sticks.
wahine - woman.
wauke - mulberry tree whose bark is used to make kapa cloth.