Hawaiian Glossary: The Letter I

This glossary does not go from A to Z. The Hawaiian language only has five vowels and twelve consonants, out of which twelve letters, a, h, i, k, l, m, n, o, p, t, u, and w, are represented here.

This is the glossary chapter for the letter I. Below, there are links to various parts of the travel guide, but the best way to return to where you've just been is to use the "BACK" button or function in your browser.


*Words marked with an asterisk (*) are used commonly throughout the islands.

fish in general. I'a maka is raw fish.
underground oven filled with hot rocks and used for baking. The main cooking feature at luaus, used to steam-bake pork and other succulent dishes. The tending of the imu was traditionally for men only.
sweetheart; lover; girlfriend or boyfriend