Hawaiian Proverbs

Sayings Hawaiian origin

Everything is pleasant and smooth.

No skill required in catching shrimps.

The awkward person breaks the board in riding on the surf.

The hands strike, the mouths assent.

The ginger root has a leaf that rots quickly.

Do not allow sins to get beyond creeping.

Past the precipice, past the fears.

The entrance is stopped with a spider’s web.

How beautiful that tree is, even when stripped by the wind !

The squid of the deep blue sea has a peculiar bunch.

Much hewing, resulting only in a lot of chips.

Only the blind gropes in the darkness.

Love is far better than the poi dish or the fish bowl.

The grove of breadfruit trees rises in the grateful warmth.

The banana looks withered, but it has an excellent flavor.

While the sun is still up, let people work that the earth may live.

The wind will stir up all the loose dust.

Small things can still effect that which is around them.

Don’t be friends with the dog, for the tail will show it.

A good surfer will not get wet. A bad one breaks his board.

No kind deed has ever lacked its reward.

Heaven above, earth below, and his own position firmly fixed.

Humility will ultimately be rewarded.

Continue to do good, and heaven will come down to you.

No cliff is so tall it cannot be climbed.

Sweet tongues buy horses on credit.

No one is hurt by doing the right thing.

Rum is a poison-god.

Don’t go to the ridge where there are no birds.

The eyes of a thief look every way.

The top of the tall tree waves proudly.

Tiny is the flower, yet it scents the grasses around it.

Love is like fog — there is no mountain on which it does not rest.

Hawaiian Proverbs

Hawaii is the 50th and most recent state to have joined the United States of America, having received statehood on August 21, 1959. Hawaii is the only U.S. state located in Oceania and the only one composed entirely of islands. It is the northernmost island group in Polynesia, occupying most of an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean. Hawaii is the only U.S. state located outside North America. (Source)

Honolulu is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Hawai’i. It is an unincorporated part of and the county seat of the City and County of Honolulu on the island of O’ahu. The city is the main gateway to Hawai’i and a major portal into the United States. The city is also a major hub for international business, military defense, as well as famously being host to a diverse variety of east-west and Pacific culture, cuisine, and traditions.

The Hawaiian language is a Polynesian language that takes its name from Hawaiʻi, the largest island in the tropical North Pacific archipelago where it developed. Hawaiian, along with English, is an official language of the State of Hawaii. King Kamehameha III established the first Hawaiian-language constitution in 1839 and 1840.

“Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī” is the current state song of the State of Hawaii.


Hawaiʻi’s own true son,
Be loyal to your king,
Your country’s liege and lord
The chief.

Hawaiʻi’s own true sons,
Look to your chiefs,
The children after you,
The young.

Hawaiʻi’s own true sons,
People of loyal heart,
The only duty lies
Listen and abide.

Father above us all,
Kamehameha e,
Who guarded in the war,
With his spear.

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