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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 decade ago

What is the meaning of ? " MAHALO "?

I THINK IT IS JAPANESE.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Mahalo

    [Pronounced: mah hah' loh]

    If you learn just two words in Hawaiian, learn these. They are two of the most important words in the Hawaiian language, representing paramount Hawaiian values.

    In Hawaiian thinking, words have mana [pronounced: mah' nah], meaning spiritual or divine power], and aloha and mahalo are among the most sacred and powerful.

    Say them often as they can be life-transforming and -enhancing. Be careful to use them ONLY if you truly feel mahalo or aloha within. Do not exploit these words for personal gain, and neither cheapen, nor trivialize their use by verbalizing them carelessly or without sincerity.

    Aloha and mahalo are ineffable, indescribable, and undefinable with words alone; to be understood, they must be experienced.

    Deeper meaning and sacredness is hinted at by the root words of these words. Linguists differ in their opinions as to the exact meanings and origins, but this is what was told to me by my kupuna (elder):

    On a spiritual level, aloha is an invocation of the Divine and mahalo is a Divine blessing. Both are acknowledgments of the Divinity that dwells within and without.

    Mahalo

    [Ma = In] + [hâ = breath] + [alo = presence, front, face]

    "(May you be) in (Divine) Breath."

    Think of them as single-word blessings or prayers.

    "Mahalo. 1. Thanks, gratitude; to thank.

    Mahalo nui loa.

    [mah hah' loh noo'(w)ee loh'(w)ah]

    Thanks very much.

    `Ôlelo mahalo

    [OH' leh loh mah hah' loh]

    compliment

    Mahalo â nui

    [mah hah' loh (W)AH' noo'(w)ee]

    Thanks very much.

    2. Admiration, praise, esteem, regards, respects; to admire, praise, appreciate.

    `O wau nô me ka mahalo,

    [oh vau NOH' meh kah mah hah'loh]

    I am, [yours] respectfully,

    Ka mea i mahalo `ia, Laki

    [kah meh'(y)ah ee mah hah'loh ee'(y)ah, lah' kee]

    The esteemed Laki."

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    Source(s): Source: Pukui, Mary Kawena & Elbert, Samuel H., HAWAIIAN DICTIONARY, University of Hawai`i Press, Honolulu, 1986
    • TGIF5 years agoReport

      What a GREAT answer!!!! I'm buying a Mahalo ukulele so it's like I'm going to be singing with a "Divine Breath". Thanks!

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  • 3 years ago

    Mahalo Meaning

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It's Hawaiian

    Mahalo

    [Ma = In] + [hâ = breath] + [alo = presence, front, face]

    "(May you be) in (Divine) Breath."

    Think of it as a single-word blessings or prayers.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The first answer is correct. It means thank you in Hawaiian. If you go to Hawaii, you'll even see it on the trash container doors in McDonald's. Their way of encouraging you to clean up after yourself.

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  • 5 years ago

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    What is the meaning of ? " MAHALO "?

    I THINK IT IS JAPANESE.

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  • 4 years ago

    Casual for "have a blessed/great day" i.e. "may the Gods bless you"

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  • 1 decade ago

    It is Hawaiian for Thank you.

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  • karl
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    in Filipino, it means, being able to mix or stir...

    in hawaiian, hello

    Source(s): <",>tatak noypi
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  • Adam
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    No, Hawaiian. It means hello, I think. I for sure it is Hawaiian, though, not Japanese.

    • Paneah6 years agoReport

      aloha means Hello or Good bye. I know because I lived in Hawaii for 2 years
      Mahalo means Thank you!!

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  • 5 years ago

    gracious friend, peace, Love ...

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