Last names provide a great connection to our family’s past. When it comes to Hawaii, natives initially didn’t have last names. Western colonization required everyone to have one following their first name. As a result, many given names of both Hawaiian and Japanese origin were converted to a family surname. Some Hawaiians have English surnames, Japanese surnames, Chinese surnames, or Korean surnames. Other Hawaiian last names serve as translations of names from western languages.
Hawaiian values are rooted in taking each day at a time. They also have a deep respect for a person’s humility. It is considered a valuable trait, and unlike most cultures, it holds more worth than someone’s class or financial status. So when someone flaunts expensive clothes or their connections, it is viewed as pride. Hawaiians are so chill it’s uncommon to use your car horn. Unless you’re honking hello to a buddy on the road, it’s not a usual noise heard in the streets. Apart from being a beautiful travel destination, it’s an island filled with a unique blend of different cultures. It is also a culture that appreciates its legends. Storytellers are important because they help keep those stories alive, chart history, beliefs, and facts, which are passed down to future generations.
So if you’re interested in Hawaiian culture, say aloha to our list of 25 Hawaiian last names (along with their meanings and origins). As beautiful as the islands themselves, these names showcase Hawaii’s diverse culture. Take a look and see if you recognize any.
If you’re interested in the last names and meanings of other countries, check out our package on last names from around the world. See how many you recognize: Indian, Irish, French, Russian, Spanish, Mexican, Brazilian, Portuguese, Italian, and African last names, among others.
Common Hawaiian Last Names
Meaning: The Hawaiian version of the English name Francis.
Meaning: Refers to a Koa tree or “the warrior.”
Meaning: The Hawaiian version of the biblical name Adam.
Meaning: “The house.”
Meaning: The Hawaiian version of the biblical name Jonah.
Meaning: “The fisherman.”
Meaning: “The beloved one.”
Meaning: A Japanese surname meaning “middle village.”
Meaning: The Hawaiian version of the English name Gregory.
Meaning: “The chief.”
Meaning: A Japanese given name from the Kanjis that means “bright” or “play the music.”
Meaning: “The great work.”
Meaning: The Hawaiian version of the biblical name Mahlon.
Meaning: “The soul or spirit.”
Meaning: A Cantonese surname meaning “king.”
Meaning: “The prayer or magic.”
Meaning: “The gourd.”
Meaning: A Japanese given name from the Kanjis that means “bright,” “autumn,” “greens,” “name,” and “south.”
Meaning: The Korean variation of the Chinese surname Li, meaning “plum” or “plum tree.”
Meaning: The Hawaiian version of the biblical name “Joshua.”
Meaning: “The god of creation.”
Meaning: “The love.”
Meaning: “The torch.”
Meaning: “Second one” or “companion.”
Meaning: “The eye,” “bud,” or “child.”
Meaning: “The fire.”
Meaning: “The heavens” or “sky.”
Meaning: “The twisted string.”
Meaning: An endemic Hawaiian violet.
When you think of beautiful places, Hawaii is usually one of the first places that come to mind. It’s an island filled with fascinating charm and even better phrases about love and life. If you’re in search of some wisdom, look no further! These Hawaiian phrases are the perfect guide.
- These ono grinds are broke da mout. “This food is so delicious it broke my mouth.”
- E Hoomau Maua Kealoha. “May our love last forever.”
- Aloha Aku No, Aloha Mai No. “I give my love to you, you give your love to me.”
- `A`ohe loa i ka hana a ke aloha. “Distance is ignored by love.”
- Ua ola loko i ke aloha. “Love gives life within.”
- Aloha kaua. “May there be love between us.”
- Ua ola no i ka pane a ke aloha. “There is life in a kindly reply.”
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