Definition of Hawaiian in English:

Hawaiian

noun

  • 1A native or inhabitant of Hawaii.

    • ‘Arch would not be around today if the native Hawaiians had not kept the mana (spiritual power) energy alive.’
    • ‘Though tourism booms in Hawaii, for example, aboriginal Hawaiians rank among the poorest and sickest inhabitants on the island.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The more traditional forms have resurged since the late 1960s, when native Hawaiians began rediscovering their historical culture.’
    • ‘The possibility that the Hawaiian Islands become younger to the southeast was suspected by the ancient Hawaiians, long before any scientific studies were done.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Passed down through generations, the kumulipo provided early Hawaiians with an explanation, in mythic terms, of the origin, beauty, and bounty of the land.’
    • ‘But living in this beautiful island paradise hasn't sheltered Hawaiians from a serious fight being waged on the mainland - the battle against obesity.’
    • ‘In the 1970s, Hawaiians revived their traditional culture, and the state recognized Hawaiian as an official language.’
    • ‘There has been a failure, in older histories, to recognize Hawaiians as active decision-makers in Hawaiian history.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The painting raises another question: how can native Hawaiians preserve ancient traditions within the calabash of ideas and cultures that is contemporary Hawaii?’
    • ‘While we now know that the Hawaiians and Polynesians had large double-hulled boats, for the western world this idea was brand new.’
    • ‘Annexed by America in 1898 and granted statehood in 1959, Hawaiians have watched for decades as rich outsiders have swooped in and incinerated cultures.’
    • ‘Initially the sugar planters hired native Hawaiians to work as contract laborers on the plantations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cousteau and his crew of 22 are already in the islands, exploring the mid-ocean ecosystem that native Hawaiians view as their ancestral home.’
    • ‘Compared to Hawaiians of European and Asian ancestry, native Hawaiians have continued to bear the brunt of the archipelago's health problems.’
    • ‘We were interested in the ways that Kaiapuni teachers' identities as educators and as Hawaiians were transformed by their participation in the immersion program.’
  • 2The Austronesian language of Hawaii.

    • ‘That's why taboo (tabu, Tongan, closely related to Hawaiian) is kapu in Hawaiian.’
    • ‘Some of them are clearly members of the Austronesian language family, the family that also includes such languages as Malay, Hawaiian, and Maori.’
    • ‘Fewer than 2,500 people speak Hawaiian as their mother tongue, most of whom are older people.’
    • ‘Of course, I noticed many mahu, the word for gay men in Tahitian and Hawaiian.’
    • ‘In the 1970s, Hawaiians revived their traditional culture, and the state recognized Hawaiian as an official language.’
    • ‘This indigenous language immersion program was established as an attempt to revive Hawaiian after a century-long ban on the language was lifted.’
    • ‘Some lawmakers want to require that Hawaiian be used on government signs and in government documents, although two bills on the matter have stalled.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Maori r in many words corresponds to Hawaiian and Samoan l: aroha, Hawaiian aloha love; whare, Samoan fale house.’

adjective

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

    • ‘The Hawaiian language, considered a crucial aspect of cultural identity, has been the object of renewed attention.’
    • ‘Immediately after their arrival in 1820, the missionaries studied the Hawaiian language, analyzed it, and in 1826 established its orthography.’
    • ‘Similarly, the Hawaiian roll, with spicy tuna and pineapple wrapped in cucumber, contrasts the heat of the tuna with the sweetness of the pineapple.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These days, children learn hula at an early age, along with Hawaiian language and culture and related skills like collecting forest materials for leis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Attempts have been made to revitalize the Hawaiian language through educational programs at the university and the elementary school levels.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Six-man canoes remain outrigger racing's cultural anchor - an aspect of Hawaiian tradition that is refreshingly unsullied by tourism or kitschy commercialization.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 island of Molokai offers a traveler's dream - traditional Hawaiian culture, a top-drawer ecotourism resort, a gorgeous shoreline plunging to a superblue sea.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    1. 1.1Geology Relating to or denoting a type of volcanic eruption in which fluid basaltic lava is produced, as is typical of volcanoes in Hawaii.
      • ‘Diamonds are most commonly associated with Archean subcontinental lithosphere but nanodiamonds were recently reported from mantle xenoliths in EM1like Hawaiian basalts.’
      • ‘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).’

Pronunciation

Hawaiian

/həˈwaɪən//həˈwīən/