Local Life—Hawaiian Style

1. d) The shaka sign is commonly seen in the Hawaiian Islands, often waved as a greeting or when departing.

2. b) Love and romance are symbolized by white ginger and gardenia.

3. c) Slack-key guitar is known for its harmonious sound.

4. a) Mauka means “toward the mountains.”

5. d) Kookemyers is not a surf spot, but the others are all spots that challenge the world’s best surfers.

6. d) Vog is sulfur dioxide mixed with water vapor and carbon dioxide.

7. c) May 1 is Lei Day, celebrated throughout the islands.

8. b) Kamehameha Schools are well funded.

9. c) Jumping fleas describes the fast movements of the ‘ukulele player’s fingers.

10. d) Pua male means “marry flower.”

11. b) A hui is a group or organization.

12. a) Wikiwiki means: hurry, speedy, or quick.

13. d) Mele Kalīkimaka means Merry Christmas.

14. b) Pau means finished, pau hana means finished working, or the end of the workday.

15. b) Pūpūs are snacks or appetizers.

16. d) Stink eye is the pidgin term for giving someone a mean or angry look.

17. d) Poi is sold in most grocery stores, produced from the taro fields of the Hawaiian Islands.

18. c) The Merrie Monarch festival is just one of numerous annual hula gatherings, festivals and competitions held throughout the islands.

19. a) Mahalo means thank you, and mahalo nui loa means thank you very much.

20. b) Kane and Wahine are the terms for man and woman (or boy and girl).

21. b) An estimated 90% of stranded birds are returned to safety.

22. a) Buoy 51001 is 193 nautical miles west-northwest of Līhue, Kaua‘i, and is the first to pick up the legendary big winter swells that head toward the islands’ northern shores.

23. d) About 85% of place names in the Hawaiian Islands are Hawaiian words.

24. d) E komo mai means “welcome, come in.”

25. b) There is no such thing as moon fruit, but the rest are delicious.

26. b) Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea average 3 to 6 inches of snow per year.

27. c) Breaching is a fairly common behavior among humpback whales.

28. c) A 25-pound monk seal was born by its 700-pound mother.

29. d) Papaya. The derivation, papain, is also used in spinal disc therapy.

30. a) A lū‘au is a Hawaiian feast, often including a pig cooked underground using hot rocks.

31. c) A Hawaiian cowboy is known as a paniolo.

32. b) The waiting period for the “Eddie” is December 5th to February 28th.

33. c) ‘Okina. This symbol was part of the refinements to the Hawaiian language that took place in the years after it became a written language.

34. d) An imu is an underground earthen-oven using hot rocks, and is traditional at a lū‘au.

35. b) Kama‘āina literally means “child of the land,” and is a term often used by stores that give a “kama‘āina discount”.

36. d) Hale is the Hawaiian word for house.

37. d) Over 200 drownings occurred on Kaua‘i from 1970 to 2001, including 12 drownings in 2000.

38. b) Swim parallel to the shoreline until you are out of the current, then make your way diagonally back to shore. Remain calm and don’t panic and do not use all your energy fighting the current.

39. a) Plumeria are known as pua melia in Hawaiian.

40. b) Protea are named after the Greek god Proteus.

41. b) Da kine is a phrase commonly heard in the Hawaiian Islands, as it can be used to refer to just about anything.

42. c) ‘Ahi is yellowfin tuna.

43. d) Ono is the name of the fish that is also called wahoo. In Hawaiian, ono also means “delicious.”

44. b) “You like beef?” means “are you looking for a fight?” and is often accompanied by “stink eye.”

45. a) Lauhala are the leaves of the hala tree, an important plant in ancient Hawai‘i.

46. d) If it is noon in the Hawaiian Islands, it is 8 AM the next day in Sydney.

47. b) The Hawaiian Islands average 2 to 3 shark attacks per year, but these are rarely fatal.

48. d) Humuhumu nukunuku āpua‘a is also known as the reef triggerfish.

49. a) Connecting the ends of the lei is a metaphor for the unending love of an intricately woven relationship.

50. c) “In the presence of the breath of life” is the literal interpretation of aloha.