Hawaiian Terms for Pets

Nâ Kauoha Kumu

(Basic Commands)

  • Noho [noh’ hoh] – Sit
  • Moe [moe] – Lie (down)
  • [koo] - Stay
  • Mai [mai] – Come
  • Hele [heh’ leh] – Go
  • Hâmau [HAH' mau!] - Hush
  • Kali [kah' lee] – Wait
  • Haehae! [hae hae] – Bark!
  • Mâlie [MAH' lee (y)eh] - Calm (down)
  • Ma waho? [mah vah’ hoh?] – Outside?
  • Ma loko? [mah loh’ koh?] – Inside?

Holoholo

(Going Out for Pleasure)

  • Holoholo? [hoh' loh hoh' loh?] – Go (for a walk)?
  • Kaula? [kau' lah] – Leash?
  • Hele [heh' leh] – (Let’s) go
  • Hila [hee' lah] – Heel
  • Holo! [hoh' loh!] - Run!

Ka Mâlama Hânai â Huhu

(Pet Maintenance)

  • Pôloli? [POH' loh lee?] – Hungry?
  • Make wai? [mah keh vai?] – Thirsty?
  • Pelena? [peh leh' nah?] – Biscuit?
  • Mâona? [MAH' ah nah?] – Full?
  • Hau`oli? [hau oh' lee?] – Happy?
  • Ka manawa `au`au [kah mah nah' vah au au] – Bath time
  • Mai pe`e [mai peh' eh] – Don’t hide

Ka Hânai â Huhu Maika`i / Maika`i `ole

(Good / Bad Pet)

  • `Ae [ae] – Yes
  • `A`ole [ah oh' leh] – No
  • Maika`I [mai kah' ee] – Good
  • Kolohe [koh loh’ heh] – Naughty

Na Hana Ma`ale`a Hânai â Huhu

(Pet Tricks)

  • Pôpô [POH' POH'] – Ball
  • Lâ`au [LAH' au] – Stick
  • Ki`i mai [kee' ee mai] – Fetch
  • `Apo [ah' poh] – Catch
  • Hâ`ule [HAH' oo leh] – Drop (it)
  • Pohâ [poh HAH'] – Bang
  • Make [mah' keh] – (Drop/play) dead
  • Huli [hoo' lee] – Roll over
  • `Olu`olu [eh oh' loo oh' loo] – Beg please
  • Kolo [koh’ loh] – Crawl
  • Lele [leh’ leh] – Jump
  • Honi [hoh' nee] – Kiss
  • Ne`ene`e [neh' eh neh' eh] – Snuggle
  • Haehae [hae hae] – Speak (bark)
  • Wili [vee' lee] - Turn (as in revolve)
  • Lima [lee' mah] – (Shake) hand(s)
    • `Akau [ah' kau] – Right
    • Hema [heh' mah] – Left

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