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Vocabulary Words in Indigenous American Languages: Hawaiian

Hawaiian is not a Native American language (the Hawaiians are Polynesian people), but since Hawaii belongs to the United States and the Hawaiian language faces similar survival issues to other indigenous American languages, they are often considered together for language revival purposes.

We have included twenty basic words, enough to give you a feeling for each language. All the nouns are singular and all the verbs are 3rd person singular ("he or she sings") because many languages don't have a separate infinitive ("to sing") the way English and French do. If you need to know a Hawaiian word that is not currently on our page, you can take part in our translation of Native American languages fundraiser or visit our main Hawaiian language site for more free resources.

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Hawaiian Word Set

English (Français) Hawaiian words
One (Un) 'Ekahi
Two (Deux) Lua
Three (Trois) Kolu
Four (Quatre) 'Eha
Five (Cinq) Lima
Man (Homme) Kanaka
Woman (Femme) Wahine
Sun (Soleil) La
Moon (Lune) Mahina
Water (Eau) Wai

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