Definition of Hawaiian in English:


Syllabification: Ha·wai·ian
Pronunciation: /həˈwīən, -ˈwoi-ən


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Hawaii.
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    • Cousteau and his crew of 22 are already in the islands, exploring the mid-ocean ecosystem that native Hawaiians view as their ancestral home.
    • Though Hawaiians dragged long, kelp-braided nets across the lagoons and deeper waters of their island homes, all knew better than to keep the jeweled Kole.
    • Annexed by America in 1898 and granted statehood in 1959, Hawaiians have watched for decades as rich outsiders have swooped in and incinerated cultures.
  • 2The Austronesian language of Hawaii.
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    • Fewer than 2,500 people speak Hawaiian as their mother tongue, most of whom are older people.
    • Some of them are clearly members of the Austronesian language family, the family that also includes such languages as Malay, Hawaiian, and Maori.
    • In the 1970s, Hawaiians revived their traditional culture, and the state recognized Hawaiian as an official language.


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  • 1Relating to Hawaii, its people, or their language.
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    • Immediately after their arrival in 1820, the missionaries studied the Hawaiian language, analyzed it, and in 1826 established its orthography.
    • Prohibition of hula dancing provoked a ‘discursive insurrection’ against colonial law in the form of traditional stories of the dance in Hawaiian language newspapers.
    • They viewed the re-establishment of the Hawaiian language in school as one step toward Hawaiians regaining the rights and privileges their people lost through colonization.
  • 1.1 Geology Relating to or denoting a type of volcanic eruption in which fluid basaltic lava is produced, as is typical of volcanoes in Hawaii.
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    • Diamonds are most commonly associated with Archean subcontinental lithosphere but nanodiamonds were recently reported from mantle xenoliths in EM1like Hawaiian basalts.
    • A Hawaiian eruption involves the steady supply of fluid, relatively gas-poor magma to the vent.
    • Hawaiian eruptions are characterized by lava-effusion (an eruption of lava which most commonly gives rise to lava flows).

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