If you are going to be in Hawaii over the New Year holiday, you may want to learn this phrase: Hau’oli Makahiki Hou. It means Happy New Year and it is pronounced as follows:
Hau’oli — “how-oh-lee”
Makahiki — “mah-kah-hee-kee”
Hou — “ho”
In the Hawaiian language, the word makahiki means year. The Makahiki season (roughly around October to February time) was celebrated in Hawaii for centuries. In ancient Hawaiian culture, the time of Makahiki was a peaceful time to enjoy harvest, feasts, religious ceremonies and relaxation. The Mahahiki season also defined the transitional time between harvest and new planting — e.g. the new (agricultural) year.
The Hawaiian word hau’oli means happy, cheerful, joyful. While hou means new in this context. So, if you try to literally translate “hau’oli makahiki hou” from Hawaiian to English it would be “happy year new”.
If you are thinking or dreaming of celebrating the new year in Hawaii, check out our New Year’s Eve articles:
– Hawaii’s Big Island New Year’s Eve
As the new year approaches, we’d like to be among the first to wish you Hau ‘oli Makahiki Hou!
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