Hawaiian Glossary: The Letter W


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.

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W

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

wahine*
young woman; female; girl; wife. Used by all ethnic groups. When written on a door it means "Women's Room."
wai
fresh water; drinking water
wela
hot. Wela kahao is a "hot time" or "making whoopee."
wiki*
quickly; fast; in a hurry. Often seen as wiki wiki (very fast), as in "Wiki Wiki Messenger Service."