5 Must-Know Sayings for Your Hawaii Cruise Excursions

Knowing these five key Hawaiian sayings will enrich Hawaii cruise excursions.
Knowing these five key Hawaiian sayings will enrich Hawaii cruise excursions.

Hawaii cruise excursions offer countless opportunities to immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture. From experiencing Tongan drumming and an authentic barbecue buffet at the Polynesian Cultural Center on a Honolulu excursion to touring Grove Farm and enjoying Koloa rum on an excursion in Kauai, you'll be able to embrace the spirit of Hawaii.

One of the best ways to acquaint yourself with Hawaii and its people is to research its language and embrace some of its sayings. In the Hawaiian language — which comprises both traditional Hawaiian words and other elements representative of the state's diverse culture — words carry weight, with some containing multiple meanings. To properly use a Hawaiian word, you must first understand its meaning, value, and context. This will not only help you read signs and menus, but will also help you use and understand the words in casual speech.

Here are just five of the many sayings you'll want to learn before your Hawaii cruise:

1. Aloha

Aloha (pronounced ah-LOH-hah) is probably the most widely recognized word of the Hawaiian language. More than just a greeting, aloha is a life philosophy that can be used to describe goodness, love, kindness, and affection.

You can experience the spirit of aloha just by immersing yourself in the incomparable beauty you'll find on Hawaii cruise excursions. While on a Kilauea Volcano Bike Adventure tour around the rim of a crater in Hawaii's National Volcano Park or on a Na Pali Cruise & Snorkel tour through a tranquil Hawaiian lagoon, you'll discover what aloha means to you.

2. Mahalo

Pronounced ma-HAH-loh, you'll often find this word on trash cans. Don't be deceived: It's actually used to express both thanks and admiration. It is most commonly interchanged with the phrase "thank you."

While onboard your Hawaii cruise, you can practice saying "mahalo" by using it to express gratitude for a fresh, Hawaii-inspired dish. When you start feeling confident, take your language skills to Maui, where you can experience breathtaking Haleakala crater and a gorgeous lavender farm, then sample locally distilled spirits and gourmet cheeses before lunch — all on an excursion with Princess Cruises.

3. Kamaaina

Kamaaina (pronounced KAH-mah-AYE-neh), which translates to "child of the land," is used to describe people who have lived on the islands a very long time. You might hear this used in reference to discounts that are specifically available to locals.

On an excursion along the Pali Coast, you can come to love and be awed by Hawaii's natural beauty. Then you can confidently talk to the kamaaina you encounter about the love you share for this island paradise.

4. Keiki/Wahine/Kane

Very simply, a keiki (KAY-key) is a child, a wahine (wah-HE-neh) is a woman, and a kane (KAH-neh) is a man. Be aware of these words for restroom distinctions.

If you want to bring home a memento for anyone you love — be they a wahine, kane, or keiki — check out the Ala Moana Shopping Center after exploring Honolulu at the end of a Mighty Mo & City Tour excursion.

5. Da Kine

Da kine (duh-KYNE) can be used in place of just about anything for which you don't have a specific word. It can be challenging to follow the conversation if it is used, but for the most part, you can infer what it means. Use da kine as you would a word like "thing" or "watchamacallit" in a sentence. Try using it in conversation while you're mingling with locals on a Waikiki beach break excursion.

Interested in a trip to Hawaii? Booking a cruise is the perfect way to explore the islands and test your language skills.