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Exploring Hawaiian Pidgin  


aloha Friday

An den – and then? So?

Any kine – anything, any kind.

Brah / bruddah – friend, brother

Brok da mouf – delicious

Bus laugh – To laugh out loud

Bus nose – How one reacts to a bad smell

Chicken skin kine – to get goosebumps

Choke – plenty

Cockaroach – steal, rip off

Geevum – Go for it! Give him hell

Grind – to eat

Hold ass – a close call when driving a car

Howzit? – How are you? How’s it going?

I owe you money or wot? – What you say when someone is staring at you

Mek ass – making a fool of yourself

Mek home – make yourself at home

Mek plate – grab yourself some food

Moke – a large tough local male; don’t say unless you like to fight

No can – I cannot do that

No lik – I don’t like that.

Okele squeezer – something that suddenly frightens you

Pau hana – quit work

Poi dog – a mutt

Shahbait – sharkbait meaning light, untanned people

Shaka – that’s great!

Shredding – riding a wave

Sleepahs – flipflops

Tita – a large, tough female local; don’t use unless you want to fight


Cite: O’ahu Revealed by Andrew Doughty





Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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