Friday, December 7, 2007


Though Hawaii is one of the 50 states, its distinctive culture always makes me feel like I’m in a foreign country. A friend recently said I have what he calls “chameleon mouth” - meaning I pick up accents, dialects and local vocabulary pretty quickly.

In Hawaii, the special brand of slang is called Pidgin. As soon as one lands there, kids become “keikis,” something becomes “da kine” and flip-flops become “slippahs.” You’ve got to accept that you’re no longer a plain old USA girl from the mainland. In Hawaii, you’re a Haole (pronounced Howl-ee.) You don’t eat, you “grind.” All women are called Auntie, including you, and eating “Pupus” isn’t disgusting… it just means you’re grinding on appetizers.

For example:
What dem Haole keikis doing in da kine, Braddah? Dey messin’ up da good surf.
Bodda you, braddah? Wan’ go grind?
Ya, okay. I’m too buss’ up to surf anyways.

Now you’ll be ready next time you go to Hawaii.

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