Definition of Hawaiian in English:



  • 1A native or inhabitant of Hawaii.

    • ‘Along this fertile watershed, now part of Limahuli Garden, early Hawaiians grew crops, such as taro, that they'd brought with them in their canoes from Polynesia.’
    • ‘The possibility that the Hawaiian Islands become younger to the southeast was suspected by the ancient Hawaiians, long before any scientific studies were done.’
    • ‘There has been a failure, in older histories, to recognize Hawaiians as active decision-makers in Hawaiian history.’
    • ‘The painting raises another question: how can native Hawaiians preserve ancient traditions within the calabash of ideas and cultures that is contemporary Hawaii?’
    • ‘Laupahoehoe Point became a ceremonial centre of great importance to native Hawaiians as well as the only canoe landing place along 50 miles of rugged coast.’
    • ‘For Europeans, the possibility of traveling so far was quite radical, much like current views of space travel, and for Hawaiians it was a quantum leap beyond dugout canoes.’
    • ‘But living in this beautiful island paradise hasn't sheltered Hawaiians from a serious fight being waged on the mainland - the battle against obesity.’
    • ‘While we now know that the Hawaiians and Polynesians had large double-hulled boats, for the western world this idea was brand new.’
    • ‘We were interested in the ways that Kaiapuni teachers' identities as educators and as Hawaiians were transformed by their participation in the immersion program.’
    • ‘Cousteau and his crew of 22 are already in the islands, exploring the mid-ocean ecosystem that native Hawaiians view as their ancestral home.’
    • ‘Though Hawaiians dragged long, kelp-braided nets across the lagoons and deeper waters of their island homes, all knew better than to keep the jeweled Kole.’
    • ‘In the 1970s, Hawaiians revived their traditional culture, and the state recognized Hawaiian as an official language.’
    • ‘Initially the sugar planters hired native Hawaiians to work as contract laborers on the plantations.’
    • ‘The more traditional forms have resurged since the late 1960s, when native Hawaiians began rediscovering their historical culture.’
    • ‘But they were carriers of an ethic that viewed Hawaiians as ignorant children living in a fallen Eden, a view easily reinterpreted as reason for colonialism.’
    • ‘Annexed by America in 1898 and granted statehood in 1959, Hawaiians have watched for decades as rich outsiders have swooped in and incinerated cultures.’
    • ‘Though tourism booms in Hawaii, for example, aboriginal Hawaiians rank among the poorest and sickest inhabitants on the island.’
    • ‘Arch would not be around today if the native Hawaiians had not kept the mana (spiritual power) energy alive.’
    • ‘Compared to Hawaiians of European and Asian ancestry, native Hawaiians have continued to bear the brunt of the archipelago's health problems.’
    • ‘Passed down through generations, the kumulipo provided early Hawaiians with an explanation, in mythic terms, of the origin, beauty, and bounty of the land.’
  • 2[mass noun] The Austronesian language of Hawaii, now spoken by fewer than 2,000 people.

    • ‘I soon learned, however, that hapa, from hapa haole or half-white in Hawaiian, was my mixed race category between categories of race in America.’
    • ‘That's why taboo (tabu, Tongan, closely related to Hawaiian) is kapu in Hawaiian.’
    • ‘This indigenous language immersion program was established as an attempt to revive Hawaiian after a century-long ban on the language was lifted.’
    • ‘In the 1970s, Hawaiians revived their traditional culture, and the state recognized Hawaiian as an official language.’
    • ‘Fewer than 2,500 people speak Hawaiian as their mother tongue, most of whom are older people.’
    • ‘Some lawmakers want to require that Hawaiian be used on government signs and in government documents, although two bills on the matter have stalled.’
    • ‘Maori r in many words corresponds to Hawaiian and Samoan l: aroha, Hawaiian aloha love; whare, Samoan fale house.’
    • ‘The newspapers are considered a standard for written Hawaiian which was nearly extinct a few years ago, but has re-emerged as a language of daily use and scholarship.’
    • ‘Of course, I noticed many mahu, the word for gay men in Tahitian and Hawaiian.’
    • ‘Some of them are clearly members of the Austronesian language family, the family that also includes such languages as Malay, Hawaiian, and Maori.’


  • 1Relating to Hawaii, its people, or their language.

    • ‘Prohibition of hula dancing provoked a ‘discursive insurrection’ against colonial law in the form of traditional stories of the dance in Hawaiian language newspapers.’
    • ‘The strong commitment Kaiapuni teachers have to preserving the Hawaiian culture and language is reflected in the ways their roles as teachers extend into other domains of their lives.’
    • ‘They viewed the re-establishment of the Hawaiian language in school as one step toward Hawaiians regaining the rights and privileges their people lost through colonization.’
    • ‘The Coconut Marketplace is home to more than 70 shops in which you'll find precious Hawaiian mementos, fine artwork, antiques, jewelry, craft items, and so much more.’
    • ‘These days, children learn hula at an early age, along with Hawaiian language and culture and related skills like collecting forest materials for leis.’
    • ‘The island of Molokai offers a traveler's dream - traditional Hawaiian culture, a top-drawer ecotourism resort, a gorgeous shoreline plunging to a superblue sea.’
    • ‘Staff will be dressing in shorts, Hawaiian shirts, bikinis, flower garlands and grass skirts, and there will be hula-hooping, hula dancing and limbo competitions in aid of the Marie Curie Cancer Care Unit.’
    • ‘The hang-loose gesture of surf culture - a raised fist with the pinky and thumb out - is in fact the Hawaiian shaka gesture, communicating the spirit of aloha, or love and civility.’
    • ‘Six-man canoes remain outrigger racing's cultural anchor - an aspect of Hawaiian tradition that is refreshingly unsullied by tourism or kitschy commercialization.’
    • ‘Cruise ships can visit the four main Hawaiian islands - Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii - in one seven - to 10-day trip.’
    • ‘I delight in growing plants from all over the world and can't see anything wrong with siting an Asian camellia next to a Hawaiian hibiscus - their shape, colours and form complement each other nicely.’
    • ‘The Hawaiian language, considered a crucial aspect of cultural identity, has been the object of renewed attention.’
    • ‘The British loss has been often overlooked because of the havoc wreaked on the American Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbour, on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, three days earlier.’
    • ‘The ukulele, the Hawaiian gift that enlivened vaudeville halls across North America and Europe in the early 20th century, has two exemplars in a glass case, next to a paragraph of dry information.’
    • ‘In fact, the majority of the resorts are located on Waikiki which was made popular in the 1800s by Hawaiian royalty who frequented the area for its beautiful beaches.’
    • ‘Attempts have been made to revitalize the Hawaiian language through educational programs at the university and the elementary school levels.’
    • ‘Similarly, the Hawaiian roll, with spicy tuna and pineapple wrapped in cucumber, contrasts the heat of the tuna with the sweetness of the pineapple.’
    • ‘The Kaiapuni program was established in 1987 as an attempt to revitalize the Hawaiian language after it was banned in Hawaii for nearly a century.’
    • ‘Immediately after their arrival in 1820, the missionaries studied the Hawaiian language, analyzed it, and in 1826 established its orthography.’
    • ‘But now many of these Hawaiian reefs are becoming too overcrowded for the surfers who pioneered them, and those who are able may charter a yacht with a few friends and head off to little-known offshore reefs away from the masses.’
    1. 1.1Geology Relating to or denoting a type of volcanic eruption in which very fluid basaltic lava is produced, as is typical of volcanoes in Hawaii.
      • ‘A Hawaiian eruption involves the steady supply of fluid, relatively gas-poor magma to the vent.’
      • ‘Hawaiian eruptions are characterized by lava-effusion (an eruption of lava which most commonly gives rise to lava flows).’
      • ‘Diamonds are most commonly associated with Archean subcontinental lithosphere but nanodiamonds were recently reported from mantle xenoliths in EM1like Hawaiian basalts.’