Local LifeHawaiian Style

Local Life—Hawaiian Style

1. This popular local hand sign is made by extending the thumb and little finger.

a) Peace Sign

b) Hawaiian Sign

c) Fish Sign

d) Shaka Sign

2. White ginger and gardenia leis are symbolic of:

a) Official ceremonies

b) Love and romance

c) Healing

d) Memory of ancestors, or kūpuna

3. In this type of guitar tuning, which was invented in the Hawaiian Islands, some strings are loosened from the conventional tuning.

a) Off-E tuning

b) Cross-key tuning

c) Slack-key tuning

d) Harmony tuning

4. If you ask someone for directions and they say go 5 blocks mauka, they mean go 5 blocks:

a) Toward the mountains

b) Toward the ocean

c) Toward the mauka

d) And hurry up!

5. Which of the following is not a well-known north shore O‘ahu surf spot?

a) Banzai Pipeline

b) Avalanches

c) Himalayas

d) Kookemyers

6. This word is used on the Big Island to describe the volcanic haze that blows toward Kona from Kīlauea Volcano.

a) Smog

b) Vaze

c) Volcog

d) Vog

7. Everyone is encouraged to make and wear leis on this date which, in 1928, was dedicated as Lei Day to celebrate the unique spirit of the islands.

a) January 15

b) March 17

c) May 1

d) June 15

8. These schools are reserved for Hawaiian children, and are a bequest of the Royal Princess Bernice Pauahi Pākī Bishop.

a) Bishop Estate Schools

b) Kamehameha Schools

c) Lili‘uokalani Schools

d) Hawaiian Immersion Schools

9. The ‘ukelele is a popular Hawaiian instrument with a name that describes the fast movements of the musician’s fingers. Literally interpreted, ‘ukelele means:

a) Quick hands

b) Fluttering fingers

c) Jumping fleas

d) Lightning

10. Pua male and pikake leis are popular among:

a) Dignitaries

b) Kahuna

c) Children

d) Brides

11. In the Hawaiian Islands, a hui is a:

a) Type of food

b) Group or organization

c) Type of fish

d) Pidgin term expressing surprise

12. Most visitors who arrive at Honolulu Airport are familiar with the shuttle service called the Wikiwiki. What does wikiwiki mean?

a) Speedy

b) Welcome

c) A type of tree

d) A type of fish

13. What is the Hawaiian expression for “Merry Christmas?”

a) A Hui Ho

b) Pau Hana

c) Aloha Laulima

d) Mele Kalīkimaka

14. If someone says they are “all pau,” it means they are:

a) Full

b) Finished

c) Angry

d) Humbled

15. Party invitations in the Hawaiian Islands, instead of using the words hors d’oeuvres or appetizers, will say there are:

a) Mu‘umu‘us

b) Pūpūs

c) Kūpuna

d) Pua keas

16. The pidgin term for giving someone a mean or angry look is:

a) Junk Eye

b) Beef eye

c) One Sneah

d) Stink Eye

17. This nutritious local food is a paste made from the root of the taro plant.

a) Lū‘au

b) Lomilomi

c) Kalo

d) Poi

18. This premier Hawaiian hula event is a week-long hula competition held every April in Hilo on Hawai‘i Island in honor of King Kalākaua.

a) Kamehameha Hula Competition

b) Hula Days

c) Merrie Monarch Festival

d) Hilo Hula Gathering

19. If someone says to you, “Mahalo nui loa,” they are saying:

a) Thank you very much

b) Excuse me, please

c) Welcome, please come in

d) Happy New Year!

20. These Hawaiian words for man and woman are commonly heard (and seen) around the islands?

a) Moi and Poi

b) Kane and Wahine

c) Pohaku and Leilani

d) Kimo and Kaimana

21. These birds often become disoriented by lights and then land in urban areas and become stranded. Each year, up to 2,000 of these birds are placed in protected cages at special aid stations around Kaua‘i, and then returned to safety by wildlife biologists.

a) Boobies

b) Shearwaters

c) Albatross

d) Mynah

22. Local surfers know that 4 ocean weather buoys are placed hundreds of miles to the north, south, east and west of the Hawaiian Island chain to transmit data (e.g., wave size) each hour via satellite. The northern buoy, which alerts island surfers when big winter swells are arriving, is buoy number:

a) 51001

b) 51002

c) 51003

d) 51004

23. About what percent of place names in the Hawaiian Islands are Hawaiian words?

a) 25%

b) 45%

c) 65%

d) 85%

24. A sign one might see at a store or business says, “E Komo Mai!” What does it mean?

a) Sale

b) Discounts for locals

c) Be back soon (surf’s up)

d) Welcome, come in

25. Which of the following is not a local fruit?

a) Lychee

b) Moon fruit

c) Star fruit

d) Passion fruit

26. Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes both average about how many inches of snow per year?

a) 1 to 3

b) 3 to 6

c) 6 to 12

d) 12 to 24

27. If you are whale-watching, and a humpback whale jumps out of the water, spins around 180 degrees and splashes down on its back, the whale is said to be:

a) Spy hopping

b) Lunging

c) Breaching

d) Hungry

28. On July 6, 2000, one of these animals was born at Po‘ipū Beach on Kaua‘i’s south shore, and locals set up a 24-hour-a-day protective watch to make sure it was not disturbed.

a) Sea turtle

b) Spinner dolphin

c) Monk seal

d) Albatross

29. This popular breakfast fruit also supports a thriving commercial industry in the Hawaiian Islands, and a derivation of the fruit is a protein digestive useful in meat tenderizers.

a) Mango

b) Papaya

c) Passion fruit

d) Guava

30. What is a lū‘au?

a) Hawaiian feast

b) Forest animal

c) Patio or porch

d) Surfing session

31. A Hawaiian cowboy is known as a:

a) Manapua

b) Kupuna

c) Paniolo

d) Kanaka

32. What are the dates of the waiting period during which time the world’s best big wave surfers are on alert for conditions big enough to hold the Eddie Aikau contest?

a) November 5th to January 28th

b) December 5th to February 28th

c) January 5th to February 28th

d) February 5th to March 28th

33. Many local words have a reverse apostrophe symbol (‘) inserted between two letters, representing a glottal stop, or a pause similar to the stopping of sound in the English “oh-oh.” What is this reverse apostrophe symbol called?

a) Malihini

b) Macron

c) ‘Okina

d) ‘Okole

34. If you go to a Hawaiian lū‘au, you may eat food prepared in an underground earthen-oven that uses hot rocks to cook the food. This underground oven is known as an:

a) Ali‘i

b) ‘Aumakua

c) Kālua

d) Imu

35. If you are a “local,” you are considered a:

a) Malahini

b) Kama‘āina

c) Keiki

d) Haole

36. Commonly seen on signs, this Hawaiian word means “house.”

a) Hana

b) Hapa

c) Honu

d) Hale

37. How many confirmed drownings occurred on Kaua‘i from 1970 to 2001?

a) Less than 50

b) 80

c) Over 100

d) Over 200

38. If you are having a hard time in the ocean swimming back to shore and feel like you are being pulled out in a rip current, what should you do?

a) Swim harder toward shore

b) Swim parallel to the shoreline until you are out of the current

c) Swim out to sea

d) Tread water

39. The waxy and fragrant flowers of this plant are probably the most commonly used for island leis.

a) Plumeria

b) ‘Ilima

c) Pua keni keni

d) Hibiscus

40. These locally grown flowers are named after a Greek god who could assume many shapes.

a) Anthurium

b) Protea

c) Hibiscus

d) Ginger

41. This all-purpose phrase can mean anything or everything, and is often inserted in a sentence when one assumes the listener will know what is being talked about.

a) Mo bettah

b) Da kine

c) Shaka brah

d) Lychee

42. One of the best eating fish caught around the islands is generally agreed to be ‘ahi. What is the common name of ‘ahi?

a) Bluefin tuna

b) Pacific marlin

c) Yellowfin tuna

d) Skipjack

43. This word means “delicious” in Hawaiian, and also is the name of a fish that is considered by most to be quite delicious.

a) ‘Ahi

b) Noni

c) Mahimahi

d) Ono

44. If you accidentally offend a local and he says to you, “you like beef?, he is asking you if you:

a) Want to share a hamburger

b) Want to fight

c) Are vegetarian

d) Don’t like pork

45. In ancient Hawai‘i, these leaves had many uses, such as for weaving the sails of voyaging canoes. Today they are still commonly used to weave hats and other items.

a) Lauhala

b) Wiliwili

c) Koa

d) Noni

46. If it is 12 noon in the Hawaiian Islands in the month of June, what time is it in Sydney, Australia?

a) 8 PM

b) Midnight

c) 8 AM the previous day

d) 8 AM the next day

47. On average, about how many shark attacks occur in the Hawaiian Islands each year?

a) 0 to 1

b) 2 to 3

c) 3 to 5

d) 5 to 7

48. Which of the following is Hawai‘i’s official state fish?

a) Lau wiliwili nukunuku ‘oi ‘oi

b) Hinalea

c) ‘O‘ili ‘uwi‘uwi

d) Humuhumunukunukuāpua’a

49. A maile lei should be given as a single open-ended strand, and then the receiver of the lei should:

a) Connect the ends

b) Wear the lei with each end hanging down

c) Throw the lei in the ocean

d) Say aloha and then offer to return the lei

50. Aloha means hello, goodbye, love, affection, and other related meanings, and is always supposed to be said from the heart. What is the literal meaning of aloha?

a) To walk with another

b) Friend

c) In the presence of the breath of life

d) Family