Pidgin English Words Starting With O

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  • you should add the word “oof” it’s very useful in Hawaii…
    What can i say i do it everyday and it’s helpful to use it whenever i can.

  • Pau or pow. It means “finished” as in: ” The job is pow.” ( the job is finished.

    Pooka which means “hole” as in: “This stone has a pooka in it.” (it has a hole in it). I have often wondered if “okole”could be combined with “pooka” to make the obvious invective.

  • Another frequently used expression I remember from living in Hawaii (over 50 years ago) was “Da kine.” At that time it meant “sharp” or “cool.” It probably has morphed into an entirely new meaning these days so I may be one: “way-wrong haole”( A stupid white mainlander). OOPS, I just threw in another word.
    Haole (pronounced: how lee)==a semi-derogatory word for a “white person.” “Mainlanders” were people from the continental United States of which Hawaii was only a “Territory” (before statehood). Real Hawaiians didn’t seem to care a lot for mainlanders at that time because it appeared that we were taking their land away from them.

  • One more and I’ll quit. “Shaka Boo” which meant “really good.” As in : “Da luau was shaka boo”— (The luau (feast) was really good.)

  • GARY: NICE TO SEE A “KAMA’INA” ANYWHERE THESE DAYS! I LIVED IN HAWAII FOR 3 YRS. (71-’74) ON 3 ISLANDS.I HEAR IT AIN’T WHAT IT USED 2 BE! WHO KNOWS? SOMEDAY I MIGHT GO BACK 4 A LOOK-SEE. ALOHA!!! ANNIE