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how to respond

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how to respond

This will probably seem mundane but.......how do you respond to mahalo, here after someone says thank you the response is your welcome.so what is the hawaian way.

Mahalo. Brian

(yah whoo will be in Kauai mon. for 2 wksaway from the east winter brrr...)

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1. Re: how to respond

This is what I found: "He mea iki" or "He mea ole" which means a little thing or nothing. I've actually never heard anyone using these phrases, though.

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You generally don't respond....

First, mahalo is not in exceptionally common usage outside the visitor, hospitality and food service industries, although it is on the rise in email use.

And it is normally used among people who know each other and not so much when strangers are dealing together.

"T'anks huh Brah" is far more common.

And the "you're welcome" part just isn't part of daily ettiquite. If something is said in response to mahalo it is on the order of "eh, no worries bruddah" or "shoots, it's cool", or equally informal and humbly dismissive, or is shown with a hug and kiss.

Frankly, the "transaction" pretty much ends at mahalo.

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My kumu `olelo says that for a really big thing you can respond "A`ole pilikia." (No trouble.) But Amberloo is right; it's pretty unusual to hear a Hawaiian response to Mahalo.

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4. Re: how to respond

A smile?? :o)

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5. Re: how to respond

Aloha from Kaua'i!

First of all, I'll second what most others have said - My Kumu of 'Olelo Hawai'i (Hawaiian Language) also says that usually you don't respond to it unless you are speaking to someone who knows 'Olelo Hawai'i - in which case either "A'ale pilikia (or a'ole pilikia) works (means...no trouble!) - or

'He mea iki" (no big thing) would be proper as a response.

If you aren't comfortable speaking 'Olelo Hawai'i and the person saying mahalo to you isn't - then I'd just leave it be - that is fine and proper in that case.

Malama Pono (take care),


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