Learning Hawaiian

If you got the chance to browse our webpage, you might notice we use a lot of Hawaiian terms. Here at Kailua Ocean Adventures, we aim to educate our guests on Hawaiian culture and roots. And what better way to do that with a little bit of Hawaiian Language learning! 

We will be adding a handful of words each month so you can continue learning this dying language! This month we will be featuring a few words and phrases we mention throughout our website. 


Wa'a - Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe

This is what you will be riding on on your next tour with KOA! Experience Kailua bay on the wa'a today. Book here. 

"Kōkua aku, kōkua mai, pēlā ihola ka nohona ʻohana"

This means to give help, receive help, because that’s the way of the family. This phrase is an important part to our company values as we believe we have a responsibility to the people and island.

Ohana - Family

Remember that Lilo & Stitch movie from years ago? "Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind."

Keiki - Child/Kid/Youth

Keiki O ka ‘A’ina - Children of the land

Kule’ana - Responsibility


Interested in learning pidgin? Let us know in the comments below!