The Hawaiian Language
When you visit Kauai on vacation you don’t need a Hawaiian phrase book to communicate with the natives because English is widely spoken. However, the native Hawaiian language still exists and is a simple and beautiful language to hear. In fact, on the island of Ni’ihau Hawaiian is spoken daily. This is approximately 17 miles from Kauai so if you aren’t planning on heading off the island of Kauai you might not run into the language is such a strong way. However, it is guaranteed you will hear plenty of Hawaiian words while on your Kauai vacation and if you are open to it you will learn some and have a cultural experience to remember.
When pronouncing these letters it’s easy to say them as we do in English, and with the exception of W that is just the sound! The Hawaiian language treats the W more as a V sound.
Glottals and Diphthongs
When you see the Hawaiian words written they might look impossible to pronounce, but if you take your time and try you will probably come pretty close!
Hula- The Hawaiian story telling dance
Lei- Flower necklace, can also use shells and feathers
Lanai- patio or veranda
Wikiwike- quickly, very fast
There is an entire Hawaiian language to learn, but these few words will give you some familiarity with the language and common spoken words when you reach Kauai!