How Do You Say Happy Birthday in Hawaiian? (2023)

Today we are going to talk about How do you say Happy Birthday in Hawaiian

you guys know that someones birthday have a special place in their heart. Not only for the person having birthday but also for their closed once like their family mambers and their parents. Wishing someone a happy birthday on their birthday always be a awsome move, but it can be more special for them if we wish them in their native language that means so much to them. 

And if the birthday person comes from Hawaii, how do you say Happy Birthday in Hawaiian? Don’t worry about it, we are here to answer their question.

2 Ways To Say Happy Birthday in Hawaiian

There are 2 ways in which you can say Happy Birthday in Hawaiian:

  • Hauʻoli Lā Hānau = Happy Day of Birth
  • Hauʻoli Lā Piha Makahiki = Happy Day Full Year

 1. Hauʻoli Lā Piha Makahiki

Let me tell you that there are two main ways to wish someone Happy Birthday in Hawaiian, and 1st one is Hauʻoli Lā Piha Makahiki. Hauʻoli Lā Piha Makahiki means “Happy Day Full Year,” means you are wishing the person on completing one full year of their life. 

The sentance “happy day full year” is used in Hawaiian to wishing someone on their birthday because they have completed another full year of life. and we are wishing them to be happy all 365 days of their whole year.

2. Hau`oli Lā Hānau 

2nd way to wish someone Happy Birthday in Hawaiian is by wishing them Hauʻoli Lā Hānau. Hauʻoli Lā means a happy day of birth or happy birthday or happy anniversary. Hauʻoli words meaning in Hawaiian is happy, Lā means day, and Hānau means birth. If you are singing the happy birthday song, you can use Hauʻoli Lā Hānau, just like how you sing a happy birthday song in English language.

How Do You Pronounce Happy Birthday in Hawaiian?  

Hauʻoli Lā Piha Makahiki

As you know The Hawaiian language is very tough to pronounce and also very difficult to understand by people who are not speaking Hawaiian If you want to Pronounce Hauʻoli Lā Piha Makahiki, you can pronounce Hauʻoli as how-oh-lee, Lā Piha as lah-piha and Makahiki as mah-ka-hi-ki.

Hau`oli Lā Hānau 

Hauʻoli Lā Hānau is the most common way to greet someone, and it is pronounced as how-oh-lee la hah-now.

How Do You Say “Happy Birthday My Friend” In Hawaiian? 

Friends Play an important role in our personal life. Friends are very special people in our lives because they are like family (ohana) so on their special day, Try not forget to greet them. If your friend is celebrating their birthday and you want to greet them “Happy Birthday My Friend” In Hawaiian , you can say Hauʻoli Lā Hānau that is pronounced as how-oh-lee la hah-now. 


If you are a good singer ( or if you are not), then you can sing a little song in Hawaiian. Here we are providing lyrics below:

Hau’oli la hanau ia ‘oe, (How-oh-lee law hah-now yah oh-way)
Hau’oli la hanau ia ‘oe,
Hau’oli la hanau ia “person’s name”,
Hau’oli la hanau ia ‘oe

Here we are giving video tutorialis that will helps you to pronounce each word exactly.

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