We're all familiar with a little bit of Hawaiian – after all, we all know that “aloha” is another word for hello. But as it turns out, the list of Hawaiian sayings to know is much longer than you might expect.
And the more you learn about some of the common pieces of life advice given in Hawaii, the more you'll realize that the Hawaiians have something unique to teach us.
This article will give you a primer on the basic phrases you need to know.
We'll start by considering just what is so special about Hawaiian lingo – what it seems to capture that no other language quite seems to manage.
Next, we'll work our way through 13 unique Hawaiian sayings about life, and explore how they can help you boost your own well-being. Finally, we'll briefly consider how you can incorporate your understanding of Hawaiian phrases into your manifestation work with the Law of Attraction.
Hawaii is world-famous for its incredibly beautiful landscape, especially its peaceful shores.
However, one of the most amazing parts of Hawaii is what is called its “aloha culture”.
Aloha culture revolves around the core values of love, respect, and harmony.
This refers not only to people's relationships with one another but to their relationships with the world around them.
As you'll see shortly, these values are captured in popular phrases and pieces of advice – all of which emphasize openness, positivity, and trust.
But what exactly is so special about Hawaiian sayings? Why do Hawaiians have a unique gift for expressing what really matters in life?
We've already noted that “aloha” is a word used to greet someone – and it is also used to say goodbye. However, aloha culture refers to more than just how to say hello in Hawaiian.
It also involves a special way of greeting people that Hawaiians recognize as closely linked to spiritual power and well-being. Called sharing “ha” (or breath), it involves pressing your forehead and nose against someone else's while you both inhale.
This is “sharing the breath of life”, and it tells you a lot about how Hawaiians relate to each other.
Even this greeting symbolizes love, understanding, and compassion – it's very different from Western tendencies to keep something of an emotional distance from others when we first meet them.
This approach to greeting suggests a mindful, empathetic way of living, and it's no surprise that these cultural tendencies are exemplified by the Hawaiian language as well.
It's hard to narrow down the hundreds of amazing Hawaiian quotes, but here are 13 of the best Hawaiian sayings that capture the core of aloha culture.
Each includes Hawaiian words and meanings that can help you to live a happier, more authentic life where you become increasingly skilled at manifesting your dreams.
Kulia i ka nu’u
Translating to “strive to reach the highest”, this phrase reminds us not to settle for anything less than our heart's desires.
Everyone desires to live the life they want and to believe in their own unlimited potential.
Noho me ka hau’oli
Meaning “be happy”, this simply Hawaiian phrase stresses that joy is a choice.
It's up to you to decide to focus on the positives – in yourself, others, and the wider world.
And as the Law of Attraction teaches, those who work towards happiness attract even more happiness over time.
Ua ola loko i ke aloha
One of the best Hawaiian slogans about our relationship with ourselves, this phrase tells us “love gives life within.”
In other words, if we love ourselves and commit to being a loving presence in the world, we'll grow and thrive.
In contrast, negativity and self-doubt keep us small and stuck.
`A`ohe loa i ka hana a ke aloha
While you might be surprised that ancient Hawaiian sayings apply directly to modern life, this phrase translates to “distance is ignored by love.”
As useful to long-distance partners as it is to people trying to survive the constraints of a pandemic, these words emphasize that strong connections survive even the most adverse circumstances.
‘A’ ohe pu’u ki’eki’e ke ho’a’o ‘ia e pi’i
Translating to “No cliff is so tall it cannot be climbed”, these beautiful Hawaiian words encourage determination and resilience.
We all have the resources inside us to tackle challenges, and if we look within we often find we already have the resources to do so.
He ‘Olina Leo Ka Ke Aloha
A phrase that means “joy is in the voice of love”, is another saying that emphasizes the importance of a loving and positive attitude.
Kahuna Nui Hale Kealohalani Makua
Among Hawaiian love quotes, this is one of the most popular. Meaning “love all you see, including yourself”, the core message is again one that encourages both self-care and an open-armed approach to people around you.
With this attitude in place, you can do anything you set your mind to.
Ua Kuluma Ke Kanaka I Ke Aloha
As well as encouraging love, Hawaiian phrases often capture the idea that love is our core state.
This particular saying means “it is natural for people to behave in a loving way.” So if you're ever struggling to vibrate on the high frequency necessary for manifestation, try to remind yourself you're only returning to your natural state.
Ua ola no i ka pane a ke aloha
Translating to “there is life in a kindly reply”, this Hawaiian saying encourages us to think twice about cruelty.
When we feel like hurting someone's feelings or criticizing them, we should think twice about the results.
How might things go differently if you find it within yourself to be kind instead?
Ku’ia kahele aka na’au ha’aha’a
An evocative phrase that means “a humble person walks carefully so as not to hurt others”, this saying is another example of Hawaiian inspirational quotes that encourage empathy.
Not only should we think about how to be kind, but we should think about how we might accidentally hurt others and try to prevent this.
A’a i ka hula, waiho i ka maka’u i ka hale
Meaning “dare to dance, leave shame at home”, this phrase is a call to be your true self.
Enjoy life at all times, and be defiant to those who would judge. Dancing will bring you more joy, whether you're literally dancing or simply enjoying celebrating your authentic way of being.
`A`ohe lokomaika`i i nele i ke pâna`i
Hawaiian sayings are great for reminding us of the value of our good deeds.
This one means “no kind deed has ever lacked its reward”, and it fits very well with the teachings of the Law of Attraction. Not only do you improve life for others when you act generously, but you also attract generosity to you.
E hele me ka pu’olo
These popular Hawaiian words translate to “make every person, place, or condition better than you left it always.”
So, as well as trying to do no harm, we should try to actively do good. Everywhere you go, think about how you can make even small changes that promote love and happiness.
With all these Hawaiian quotes and sayings under your belt, you have some wonderful new Law of Attraction resources.
All of these phrases teach us important lessons about how to see the world, our potential, and the people we encounter.
You can use these Hawaii quotes and sayings to create mood boards and affirmations or use them as journal prompts. However, even just thinking about them can help to boot your manifestation power.
When you find it tough to maintain a positive perspective, you can come back to these quotes, again and again, to help yourself find your center and connect to your natural state of love and compassion.