Hawaiian: Welcome back

Discussion in 'Other Languages' started by SwissPete, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. SwissPete

    SwissPete Senior Member

    94044 USA
    Français (CH), AE (California)
    Hi. Some friends just came back from a vacation in Hawai'i.

    I would like to say "Hello and welcome back".

    I got the Aloha part, but what about the Welcome back?

    Mahalo.
     
  2. Orreaga

    Orreaga Senior Member

    New Mexico
    USA; English
    According to two dictionaries there is no real equivalent to "welcome" in Hawaiian, and certainly nothing that your vacationing friends would recognize. "Aloha" by itself has many meanings depending on context and would probably cover your intention of welcoming them back. One translation of "welcome" in one of the dictionaries was given as "e komo mai", which roughly means "come in".
     
  3. SwissPete

    SwissPete Senior Member

    94044 USA
    Français (CH), AE (California)
    Mahalo, Orreaga.
     

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