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5 Slang Phrases That Perfectly Sum Up Why Hawaii Is So Damn Happy

There's more to it than just the beaches and aloha.

 Carla Herreria by Associate Editor, HuffPost Hawaii

Hawaii is often defined by its awe-inspiring beauty, but for those lucky enough to live there, the Aloha State is much more than an idyllic paradise.

It consistently ranks as one of the happiest states in the country, and its unique mixture of cultures, spirit of aloha, and carpe diem lifestyle can all be summed up in the words -- or rather, the slang -- of the islands' kama'aina, the people who call Hawaii home.

Below, five phrases and words unique to Hawaii that can teach all of us to live happier, more fulfilling lives.

1. Chance 'em:

1. "Take a chance," 2. "Go

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As most of the world knows by now, Mt. Kilauea is certainly on a roll and Madam Pele is not in a very good mood to say the least!  Have you heard of the curse that Mt. Kilauea, our active volcano holds inside of her?  It is compliments of the Goddess of Fire: Pele.  It seems so harmless to want to take home a small bit of lava rock from the volcano on the Big Island, but you may want to read on…

It is said that the Fire Goddess Pele considers all of those rocks her children, and should anyone abduct one of her children, they will suffer any number of maladies.  It is a curse of bad luck, be it health, financial or emotional, some have said it had brought them ruin, and they mail the rocks back to the summit.  Piles of lava continue to arrive

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This is great news for Maui Condo Owners! If you don't own a condo yet, be sure to keep these numbers in mind. Maui’s Kāʻanapali (#3), Nāpili (#15) and Wailea (#16) beaches all made TripAdvisor’s 2018 list of the 25 Best Beaches in the US.

The travel planning and booking site announced its Travelers’ Choice awards, which also included the following Hawaiʻi locations (along with their respective rankings): Hanauma Bay Nature Reserve on Oʻahu (#5), Lanikai Beach in Kailua (#10), Waikīkī Beach in Honolulu (#12), Kailua Beach Park (#13), Hāpuna Beach in Puakō, Hawaiʻi (#17) and Poʻipū Beach Park on Kauaʻi.

Many Tourists visit TripAdvisor when planning their yearly holidays.  If I owned a vacation rental, I would be sure to post this on my website.

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What could be better than spending an evening enjoying one of the most authentic Hawaiian luaus? My friend and I were treated to a night out of island music, great food, drinks and entertainment at the Feast at Lele held beach-side at 505 Front Street, Lahaina, Maui. Whether you arrive by land or by sea - this is a special island treat.

The Feast at Lele is a first class luau under the stars, complete with intimate dining and white table linens - not the usual fare at most luaus. Every table had a great view of the dancers with the backdrop of the setting sun over West Maui. Couples enjoy individual table side service while feasting on 4 courses of local island cuisine and a very entertaining and educational trip thru the South Pacific. We tasted

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You may have heard the term "Maui No Ka Oi" - it means "Maui is the best" in the Hawaiian language.  Here is a little history lesson for you - when visiting the islands, you may hear some of these terms.

Here are a few Hawaiian expressions like Maui no ka oi to learn during your stay!

Aloha kakahiaka – Good morning

Aloha ke akua – God is love

E komo mai – Come in, welcome

Aloha nui loa – Much love, fondest regards

Komo mai e noho – Come in, sit, rest

A hui hou – Goodbye, until we meet again

Malama pono – Take care, be right

Ke Akua pu a hui hou – God bless you and see you later

E pili mau na pomaika’I ia ‘oe – May blessings ever be with you

Ka makani ‘olu ‘olu – Refreshing, perfect wind

Mai ‘ai – Come and eat

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This year I was a Parade Marshall for the Halloween in Lahaina Keiki Parade.  With the name "Parade Marshall" written across the back of my shirt, I was afraid they'd be handing me a battan and whistle - not so - I don't have that much power.  My job was to make sure none of the wee ones wandered off from the parade route.   As instructed, we gathered at the N. end of Front Street to line up for the parade.  Right on schedule for the 4:30pm start time, we began the parade at 4:50pm Hawaiian time.   The plan was that the smallest keiki by age bracket would fall in behind the Lahainaluna Marching Band.  Well, it was alot like herding cats - no organization, everyone at every age joined in the festivities, parents included.  There were so many…
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