Hawaiian for your Pet

 

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Sentences have been abbreviated into simple one-word (as much as possible) phrases. You (`oe) and E (which precede commands) are implied, as are words which are enclosed in parentheses in the English translations. Speak!

Hawaiian Pronunciation Guide

KA `ÔLELO HAWAI`I
(HAWAIIAN) :

Hopuna
(Pronunciation):

KA `ÔLELO HAOLE
(ENGLISH) :

Nâ Kauoha Kumu ~ Basic Commands

Noho.

[noh' hoh]

Sit.

Moe.

[moe]

Lie (down).

Kû.

[KOO]

Stay.

Mai.

[mai]

Come.

Hele.

[heh' leh]

Go.

Hâmau!
Kulikuli.

[HAH' mau!]
[koo' lee koo' lee]

Hush!
Quiet. (less polite).

Kali.

[kah' lee]

Wait.

Na Hana Ma`ale`a Hânai â Huhu ~ Pet Tricks

Pôpô.
Lâ`au.
Ki`i mai.
`Apo.
Hâ`ule.

[POH' POH']
[LAH' au]
[kee' ee mai]
[ah' poh]
[HAH' oo leh]

Ball.
Stick. 
Fetch.
Catch.
Drop (it).

Pohâ!
Make.
Huli.

[poh HAH' !]
[mah' keh]
[hoo' lee]

Bang!
(Drop/play) dead. 
Roll over.

`Olu`olu.

[eh oh' loo oh' loo]

Beg. Please.

Kolo.

[koh' loh]

Crawl.

I luna!
I lalo.

[ee loo' nah!]
[ee lah loh]

(Ears) up!

(Ears) down. 

Lele.

[leh' leh]

Jump.

Honi.
Ne`ene`e.

[hoh' nee]
[neh' eh neh' eh]

Kiss.
Snuggle.

Lima.

  • `Akau.
  • Hema.

[lee' mah]

  • [ah' kau]
  • [heh' mah]

(Shake) hand(s).

  • Right.
  • Left.

Mele.

[meh' leh]

Sing.

Kâkini!
Hukihuki.

[KAH' kee nee! ]
[hoo' kee hoo' kee]

Socks!
Pull / Tug (it).

Haehae.

[hae hae]

Speak (bark).

Wili.

[vee' lee]

Turn (as in revolve).

Aia i hea

…`o (inoa)?

…mea pa`ani?

`Imi.

[ai' yah ee heh' (y)a]

[oh (ee noh' (w)ah?]
[…meh' (y)ah
pah' ah nee?]

[ee' mee]

Where's

… (name)?

… your toy?

Search. Look (for it).

Huelo?
Alualu.
Nahu.

[hue' loh?]
[ah' loo ah' loo]
[nah' hoo]

(Where's your) tail?
Chase (your tail).
Bite (your tail).

Holoholo ~ Going Out for Pleasure (walk, ride, sail)

Holoholo?

[hoh' loh hoh' loh?]

Go (for a walk)?

Kaula?

[kau' lah]

Leash?

Hele.

[heh' leh]

(Let's) go.

Wehe.

[veh' heh]

Open (the door).

Hila.

[hee' lah]

Heel.

Holo!

[hoh' loh!]

Run!

Ka`a?
Holoholo ka`a?

[kah' ah ?]
[hoh' loh hoh' loh ka' ah?]

Car?
Riding?

No ka Hânai â HUHU Kû uaki ~ For the Watch Pet

`O wai ?

[oh vai ?]

Who (is that)?

Haehae!

[hae hae]

Bark!

Nunulu.

[noo noo' loo]

Growl.

`Ûpâ!
Lit., open and shut, as the mouth champing.

[OO' PAH!]

Attack! Sic `em!

 

Puhemo.

[poo heh' moh]

Release. Let go.

Mâlie.

[MAH' lee (y)eh]

Calm (down).

Pet Ka Mâlama Hânai â Huhu ~ Pet Maintenance

Pôloli?
Make wai?
Pelena?
Malo`o?
Kini?
Pipi kaula?
Hau`oli?
Mâona?

[POH' loh lee?]
[mah keh vai?]
[peh leh' nah?]
[mah loh' oh?]
[kee' nee?]
[pee pee kau' lah?]
[ hau oh' lee?]
Usu. pronounced but not spelled mâ`ana [MAH' ah nah?]

Hungry?
Thirsty?
Biscuit?
Dry (food)?
Canned (food)?
Jerky?
Happy?
Full?

Hohono.

[hoh hoh' noh]

(You're) smelly.

`Au`au.
Ka manawa `au`au.

Mai pe`e.

[au au]
[kah mah nah' vah au au]
[mai peh' eh]

Bath.
Bath time.

Don't hide.

`A`ala .
Ma`ema`e.

[ah ah' la ]
[mah' eh mah' eh]

(You) smell good.
(You're) clean.

Ka Hânai â Huhu Maika`i / Maika`i `ole ~ Good / Bad Pet

`Ae.
`A`ole.

[ae]
[ah oh' leh]

Yes.
No.

Maika`i.

[mai kah' ee]

Good.


Ho`olono!
Kolohe!
Kiuke!
Akamai!
Nani!
Nohea!


[hoh' oh loh' noh!]
[koh loh' heh!]
[kiu' keh!]
[ah kah mai]
[nah' nee!]
[noh heh (y)ah!]

(You're so…)
obedient!
naughty!
cute!
smart!
pretty!
handsome!

Nâ Hana Hânai â Huhu ~ Pet Duties

Ma waho?
Mimi?
Mimi.
Kâkâ?
Kâkâ.
Pau?
Mahalo.
Ma loko?
Auê!
`O wai?
Tsâ! Châ! Kâ!

[mah vah' hoh ?]
[mee' mee ?]
[mee' mee]
[KAH' KAH' ?]
[KAH' KAH]
[pau ?]
[mah hah' loh]
[mah loh' koh ?]
[au WEH' !]
[oh vai' ?]
[TSAH! CHAH! KAH!]

Outside?
Pee?
(Go) pee.
Poop?
(Go) poop.
Done?
Thank you.
Inside?
Oh no!
Who (did that)?
Drat! Darn! &%#!

This page is dedicated to: Hau`oli and Laki (proof positives of "old dogs CAN
learn new tricks", including learning Hawaiian), Shelly, Yaya, Coco,
Chacha, Masa, Weesuck, Yuki, Honey, Kanoe, Ipo, BigDog, and
the wonder dog of Kula named Hâna and her mistress, `Âlana.

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