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Take this quiz! Hawaiian vocabulary

Wendy . Blog Published 28 September 2010

Hawaii . What a beautiful place! I went there once, years ago, to visit friends and get a feel for the islands. From California it's a four hour plane ride, and a popular vacation destination. From Spain? It's on the other side of the world, but you should still go some time.

You've heard about Hawaii a lot in the last few years. Barack Obama is from Hawaii so there was a lot of coverage on TV. There's a huge telescope in Hawaii, and an active volcano, and a lot of great people. You may know a Hawaiian who works here at the UEM LAB. There's a prize for the first person to identify him.

And Hawaii in the not too distant past? The US entered World War II after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, in Hawaii. In 1959 Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. As you know Hawaii is made up of a chain of volcanic islands out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, about 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) from the North American mainland. It's the only state of the union comprised entirely of islands. And.... it's beautiful.

What you may not know is that you are familiar with several words in Hawaiian and you can pronounce them perfectly. Hawaiian has 5 vowels: a e i o and u. It has only 7 consonants: h k l m n p and w. Every consonant is followed by a vowel. It's easy for Spanish speakers to pronounce words in Hawaiian.

Let's see how you do on the Hawaiian Quiz:

1. What is the native dance? The dancer often wears a grass skirt, sways her hips and tells a story using arm and hand gestures.

2. How do you say "hello" and "good-bye"?

3. When you arrive in Hawaii someone may greet you and put a wreath of flowers, a garland, around you neck. What is this called?

4. The name of the most famous beach in Hawaii is....

5. We often use this Hawaiian word for a porch. a patio or a veranda because it sounds nicer and more elegant than our more common terms

6. A small 4 string guitar

7. The name of the capital city. It means "a sheltered bay".

8. "Thank you" in Hawaiian is...

And......On Christmas cards from Hawaii Santa is often seen at the beach wishing you a Merry Christmas in Hawaiian. He says: " "

*** answers below...








1. hula....Remember the hula hoop
2. aloha--- aloha 'oe
3. lei
4. Waikiki
5. lanai
6. ukulele
7. Honolulu
8. Mahalo
And... mele kalikimaka


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Comments (3)
Cristina Bamond (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

Hey!! almost got them all right! I missed the porch-terrace one. Not too shabby!

Anónimo (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

I know it !!!! hahaha should i participate in ? :D

Wendy (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

Of course you should participate Manuel. And no one has answered yet you you may be the big winner!

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