Definition of mauka in English:

mauka

adverb

Hawaiian
  • Towards the mountains; in an inland direction. Opposed to makai.

adjective

Hawaiian
  • Inland, mountainward.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Isabella Bird (1831–1904), traveller. From Hawaiian mauka from ma beside, at, on, towards + uka inland, upriver, upland, towards the mountain.

Pronunciation

mauka

/mɑːˈuːkə/