How do you say “I love you” in Hawaiian?

While, as in English, there are many ways to say “I love you,” the most common way in Hawaiian to express this wonderful sentiment is, “Aloha au iā ‘oe.”

Note the Hawaiian diacritical markings: the kahakō, or long-vowel marker over the “a” in “iā,” and the ‘okina, or glottal stop marker, in “‘oe.”

“Aloha,” in this context, means “love.” “Au,” often pronounced “vow” (but with only a very, very soft “v”), means “I” or “me.” “‘Oe” means “you.” “Iā” is a dative article indicating the direction of the action.

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