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Openness to Visitors

In Hawaiʻi, it is not common to hear people addressing others as sir or maʻam. Locals may address you as aunty, uncle, sister or brother. These are not signs of disrespect. Quite the contrary, this shows the respect that Hawaiʻi’s people have for their visitors. It is a sign of friendliness and openness to connecting with others. In Hawaiian, there is a saying, Hoʻokahi wale nō lā o ka malihini, ua lawa. The visitor has only one day, and that is enough. This means that you are only a visitor for the first day, after that you are one of the people, an equal worthy of the familial terms of which you may be addressed.