Happy New Year

Here is a twist on the phrase, Happy New Year, in Hawaiian. You are probably familiar with Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou, but that’s not the only way to say Happy New Year in Hawaiian. Yes, indeed, Hawaiians have another way to bring on the new year. Hapenuia. Get it? Straight from English! You might see it also written Hape Nu Ia. Three words. Or Hape Nuia. Take your pick.

I can just hear some of you saying that it is just a Hawaiianized word. Transliterated phrase. It’s not authentic. It’s about as authentic as Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou because the fact of the matter is, Hawaiians didn’t celebrate this type of “new year” anyway! They would celebrate the Makahiki season, but that was for a totally different reason. So saying either Hapenuia or Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou, they both mean the same thing.

Hmmm, maybe my Christmas card next year will say Mele Kalikimaka (another transliterated phrase, btw) me ka Hapenuia!


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