Basic Hawaiian For Truckers

Have you just moved to Hawaii for a trucking job? Maybe you are just there for a one-time gig. Or it is possible that you just want to spend your vacation there after several months of hard work and long-haul. No matter what your reason to be a trucker in Hawaii is, you will probably need to know a few useful Hawaiian phrases and words that might come in handy!

We all know the most famous Hawaiian words like “Aloha” and, partially thanks to Lilo & Stitch, “Ohana”. But maybe if you plan on staying there for a while, or even working there as a trucker, you might need to learn a few more useful terms in their native language.

First of all, did you know that Hawaiian has a lot of different influences from many other languages all over the world? The beautiful islands had influences from Spain, Portugal, England, China, the Philippines, Korea, and Japan! So Hawaiian was shaped, in part, by all the languages spoken in those countries. That is a rich heritage!

In the second place, you have to remember that each region might have different words, expressions, or even pronunciations. So, thankfully you can also use English to communicate. But if you want to be treated like a local, try and learn some of these words and phrases.

USEFUL TRUCKING WORDS IN HAWAIIAN

TRUCK – KALAKA

STOP THE CAR – HOʻOKū I KE KAʻA

STOP WORK – HOʻOPAU I KA HANA

GASOLINE – KAKALINA

HAUL – KAUŌ

FREIGHT – UKANA

TO GO FOR A DRIVE – HOLOHOLO KAʻA

DRIVER – KALAIWA

TO DRIVE AWAY – KIPAKU

ASSISTANCE – LAWELAWE

SERVICE CHARGE – UKU LAWELAWE

TO DRIVE A CARRIAGE – HOʻOHOLO KAʻA

FEE – UKU

TRIP – HUAKAʻI

ROAD – ALA

ROAD FOLLOWING CLIFFS – ALA KAKAʻI PALI

LONG ROAD – ALA LOA

DEAD-END ROAD – ALA MUKU

STEEP ROAD – ALAPIʻI KŪ

CURVE IN A ROAD – KĀLAWA

BATHROOM – LUA

TRAVEL – KAʻAHELE

MIRROR – ANIANI

VIEW – ʻIKENA

CAR TIRE – LAHOLIO HOʻOPAʻA HUILA

PROBLEM – PILIKI

NO PROBLEM/YOU ARE WELCOME – ʻAʻOLE PILIKIA

WHEEL – HUILA

HOTEL – HŌKELE

RESTAURANT – HALE ʻAINA

FOOD – ʻAI

FOOD FOR A JOURNEY – Ō

VEGETABLE – PALUʻAI

MEDICINE – LĀʻAU

HOSPITAL – HALE MAʻI

TO OFFER FOOD AND PRAYERS – KAHUKAHU

THANK YOU – MAHALO

TOWARDS THE MOUNTAIN – MAUKA

TOWARDS THE OCEAN – MAKAI

RIGHT – ʻĀKAU

LEFT – HEMA

DEPARTED – HA’ALELE

THERE IS NO ROOM LEFT IN THIS BOX – ʻAʻOHE WAHI KAʻAWALE

DIRECTIONS/INSTRUCTIONS – KUHIKUHI

RESIDENCE ADDRESS – WAHI NOHO

STRAIGHT – POLOLEI

TO GO STRAIGHT AHEAD – HELE POLOLEI

THAT’S RIGHT – PĒLĀ NŌ

CORRECT – POLOLEI

INCORRECT – POLOLEI ‘OLE

PRICE – KUMU KŪʻAI

HAOLE – FOREIGNER

HAPPY HOUR/AFTER WORK – PAU HANA

BEER – PIA

FINISHED – PAU

YES – ‘AE

NO – ‘A’OLE

SORRY – KAUMAHA

I AM SORRY – KALA MAI IAʻU

PLEASE – HŌʻOLU

HOW MUCH IS THIS? – ʻEHIA KĒIA?

MAN – KANAKA

WOMAN – WAHINE

JOB – ʻOIHANA

MONEY – KĀLĀ

MONEY ORDER – PEPA KĪKOʻO KĀLĀ

BID – KOHO

If you need more help with your vocabulary, don’t forget to check this amazing English-Hawaiian dictionary. It’s free!

What did you think of these vocabulary words and phrases? Do you think they are useful? If you think we are missing any important Hawaiian word for the trucking world, don’t forget to share it in the comments!

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