Known for its paradise beaches and incredible volcanoes, the vibrant islands of Hawaii are one of the top tourist destinations in the USA. So if you’re looking to learn more then you’re in the right place. Below I’ve curated a bumper list of Hawaii quotes that are guaranteed to have you booking your next trip to the Aloha state! Not only can you use these quotes on Hawaii to inspire your vacation, but they are also perfect for those looking for Hawaii Captions for Instagram!

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Beautiful Quotes about Hawaii

“Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace.” – Paul Theroux

“I left my heart in Hawaii.” – Unknown

“The loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean.”- Mark Twain

“Hawaii is a paradise born of fire.” – Rand McNally

“I believe Hawaii is the most precious jewel in the world.” – Don Ho

“Coming to Hawaii is like going from black and white to color.”- John Richard Stephens

“The only good thing about leaving Hawaii is that you really appreciate it when you return.”- John Richard Stephens

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Hawaii Quotes about Culture

“The Hawaiian people have been from time immemorial lovers of poetry and music, and have been apt in improvising historic poems, songs of love, and chants of worship.”- Lydia Kamekeha Liliuokalani

“The hula is the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people.”- King David Kalakaua

“I can’t even speak Hawaiian, but if you go there and listen to a Hawaiian song, you get captured because it’s so beautiful, like the melody is just gorgeous and you know Bob Marley is on the radio every single day. It’s very reggae-influenced down there. Basically, you haven’t been to paradise if you haven’t been to Hawaii.”     – Bruno Mars

“Hula is the language of the heart and, therefore, the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people.”- King David Kalakaua

“I grew up in a musical family; the majority of my growing up was done in Hawaii. It’s what we do. You sing, you dance, you play ukulele and you drink.”– Dwayne Johnson

“Hawaiian music is the roots for the Hawaiian people. It tells the history of where we came from. Not having Hawaiian music in my life would be like losing half of my body – because Hawaiian music helps me to be a better person.”- Kevin Brown

“Nature is where it all begins for the Hawaiians. In fact, they call themselves keiki o ka ‘aina, the “children of the land.”- M. J. Harden

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Funny Hawaiian Sayings

You had me at Aloha.

Oahu doin’?

Waikiki, do you love me?

Here today, gone to Maui.

Where in Hawaii do you want to go? Can you be more Pacific?

Diamond Head is a girl’s best friend.

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Best Quotes on Hawaii

“Hawaii is paradise. It sounds cheesy to say it, but there’s music in the air there.”- Bruno Mars

“Hawaii is like an isolated jewel set in the vastness of the Pacific Ocean. And like facets of a gem, the islands have their own unique qualities. Travellers who take the time to look beyond their obvious beauty will discover a chain of islands that is at once lush and stark, modern and ancient, simple and exotic.”– Rita Ariyoshi

“Hawaii is still the single most frequent fantasy destination, not because of political stability or conveniences, but because Hawaii seduces the imagination. It’s the perfect postcard – no props, no fillers.”- Robert Wintner

“I thought my book was done, then we went to Hawaii and the whole last chapter happened.” – Mariel Hemingway

“I went to Maui to stay a week and remained five. I never spent so pleasant a month before, or bade any place goodbye so regretfully. I have not once thought of business, or care or human toil or trouble or sorrow or weariness, and the memory of it will remain with me always.”– Mark Twain

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Quotes from Hawaii

“Most of what Hawaii has to offer is no secret. Pipeline is probably the most famous wave in the world.”– Kelly Slater

“Growing up here in Hawaii, I loved swimming, surfing and having fun in this paradise we are lucky to call home. But I gradually realised that I was actually happiest when I was doing things for other people, doing things to protect our water, oceans and beaches.”– Tulsi Gabbard

“I love to surf. Hawaii has some of the best waves in the world and the most consistent as well. That’s always fun.”–  Brendon Urie

“Hawaii is the only place I know where they lay flowers on you while you are alive.”- Will Rogers

“Even the sweetness of a freshly cut pineapple from Hawaii is a sermon.”-J.A. Medders

“Being in Hawaii, it’s almost impossible not to be fit, I think.”- Henry Ian Cusick

“Kauai is my place where I go to get centred. It’s always my place to come back and feel normal again.”– Alana Blanchard

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“Hawaii is the land of everyday rainbows.”

“Beating the drums for Hawaii is not hard to do – the place just grows on you.”- James MacArthur

“Hawaii is the island of big dreams for both islanders and guests. Those dreams born in paradise can indeed come true.”- Sharon Linnea

“Whether a visitor or kama’aina (resident), the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands inspires the heart and mind.” – Unknown

“For me, the magic of Hawaii comes from the stillness, the sea, the stars.”
Joanne Harris

“Hawaii is the only place in the 50 states where you can see the stars of the entire northern and southern hemispheres.” – John Richard Stephens

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Hawaiian Quotes about Family

“Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind.”- Lilo & Stitch

Unite to move forward.

“No one has family in Hawaii. Everyone is family in Hawaii.”- Richie Norton

Watch, observe. Help others and accept help. That is the family way.

The parent is the support that holds the household together.

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Best Hawaii Puns

Aloha, is it me you’re looking for?

I’m gonna mahalo at you in a bit.

See ya’ lei-ter!

I can’t wait to Maui you.

Alo-hot.

Don’t go chasing Rainbow Falls.

Hana nice day!

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Hawaiian Volcano Puns

In Hawaii, the volcanos are always int-erupting.

The views are in-crater-ble.

lava Hawaii.

Hawaii rocks.

Hiking on volcanoes is a blast.

Let’s play a game of Truth or Caldera.

Make lava not war.

In Hawaii, you’ve got to just go with the flow.

I came to Hawaii to let off some steam.

It’s hard not to get crater-ed away in Hawaii.

Girl, you look good, won’t you back that ash up

Hawaii blew me away

The decision to come to Hawaii this year was magma-nimous.

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Aloha Quotes

“May there always be Tradewinds behind you, Rainbows above you, and Aloha all around you.” – Kauai Blessing

“You don’t have to live in Hawaii – or even be Hawaiian – to embrace the Aloha Spirit.” – Mark Ellman

May there always be warmth in your hale, fish in your net, and Aloha in your heart.

The secrets within me are seen through Aloha.

“That greeting is Aloha – love, I love you, my love to you. Good day – what is it more than an impersonal remark about the weather? How do you do – it is personal in a merely casual interrogative sort of way. But Aloha! It is a positive affirmation of the warmth of one’s own heart-giving. My love to you! I love you! Aloha!”- Jack London

“Be the Aloha you wish to see in the world.”- Unknown

“Aloha is the unconditional desire to promote the true good of other people in a friendly spirit out of a sense of kinship.”- Abraham Akaka

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Hawaiian Quotes about Love

In the end, we will take care of only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.

Joy is in the voice of love.

May our love last forever

Love all you see including yourself

Be one in love.

Distance is ignored by love.

Love all you see, including yourself.

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Hawaii Love Quotes

Love gives life within.

Love is like a cleansing dew.

Love is like fog – there is no mountain on which it does not rest.

Love is worn like a wreath through the summers and the winters.

Love one another.

We only love what we understand. We only understand what we are taught.

When love is given, love should be returned. Anger gives no life.

The growth of love is the essence within the soul.

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Famous Hawaiian Quotes

“The history of Hawaii may be seen as a story of arrivals.” – Susanna Moore

“I feel very honored that the Hawaiian spirits chose to contact me.” – Steven Magee

“Incredible as it might seem, Hawaii is like a gigantic raft, drifting slowly with the centuries.” –Terence Barrow

“Hawaii is a paradise – and I can never cease proclaiming it. But I must append one word of qualification: Hawaii is a paradise for the well-to-do.” – Jack London

“The beauty of Hawaii probably surpasses other places. I like the Big Island and the two mountains, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, where you can look out at the stars.”– Buzz Aldrin

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Inspirational Hawaiian Quotes

“Any frequent visitor to Hawaii is fixated on mapping how the islands have changed since their last visit.”- Hanya Yanagihara

“We, the Hawaiian people, who are born from the union of Papahānaumoku and Wakea, Earth mother and sky father, and who have lived in these islands for over 100 generations, will always have the moral right to the lands of Hawaii now and forever, no matter what any court says.”-Lilikalā K. Kame’eleihiwa

“Hawaiian English is like kahiko – the ancient dance – the kanaka dance of tradition, she says, harsh moves, slaps, and full of pounding force.”- Garrett Hongo

“In Hawaii, we have something called ho’oponopono, where people come together to resolve crises and restore peace and balance.”- Duane Chapman

“I have always been proud to have been born in Hawaii.” -Barack Obama

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Hawaii Proverbs

A bad one breaks his board.

A child behaves like those who reared him.

After all, Hawaii is the best land

A coral reef hardens into land.

A fisherman of the shallow sea uses only a short line; a fisherman of the deep sea has a long line.

A full sail helped him to arrive.

A good surfer will not get wet.

A heart as big as a house.

A humble person walks carefully so as not to hurt others. Don’t walk all over people!

A stranger only for a day.

Abuse is like a god that destroys his master.

All knowledge is not taught in one school.

All power comes from within.

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Hawaiian Proverbs

An expert is recognized by the altar he builds.

Be patient. Don’t give up too easily.

Be thankful for what you have.

By listening, one understands.

By observing, one learns. By listening, one commits to memory. By practice one masters the skill.

Continue to do good, and heaven will come down to you.

Dare to dance, leave shame at home.

Dashing of the waves in different directions.

Dip your paddle in and join the effort.

Do not allow sins to get beyond creeping.

Do not disturb the water that is tranquil.

Don’t fear work, fear laziness.

Effectiveness is the measure of truth.

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Best Hawaiian Proverb

Energy flows where attention goes.

Enjoy the beat of other drums, but this is my song.

Everybody paddle the canoes together; bail and paddle, paddle and bail, and the shore is reached.

Hush, lest the wind arise.

If you do not take care of possessions, it will be stolen by rats.

In working, one learns.

It is through the way you serve others that your greatness will be felt.

Jealously belongs to the ugly.

Know the big currents, and the little currents.

Knowledge is gained in many schools.

Life is in speech; death is in speech.

Little work, little gain.

Live your life while the sun is still shining.

Make every person, place, or condition better than you left it always.

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Top Hawaii Phrases

May I be devoured by Pele, may I be devoured by a shark.

Never turn your back on the ocean.

No breadfruit can be reached when the picking stick is too short.

No canoe is defiant on a stormy day.

No cliff is so tall it can’t be climbed.

No deed lacks a reward.

No one is hurt by doing the right thing.

No one who takes care of his possessions has ever found them eaten by rats.

No task is too big when done together by all.

No youth of Kohala goes empty-handed.

Now is the moment of power.

Observe with the eyes. Listen with the ears. Shut the mouth.

One voice is enough.

Only when your face is slapped should you tell who your ancestors are.

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Hawaii Sayings and Proverbs

Paddle together, bail, paddle. Paddle, bail. Paddle towards the land.

Put forward the paddle and draw it back.

Put in your dip of the paddle.

Rains always follow the forest.

Remain among the clumps of grass and do not elevate yourself.

Someone who speaks about “my inferiors” doesn’t have them.

Strive to reach the highest.

Sweet tongues buy horses on credit.

That is what it should be – to turn the hands palms down, not palms up.

The awkward person always breaks the board in riding on the surf.

The fish at the top edge of the fire.

The future is in the past.

The goodness of the taro is judged by the young plant it produces.

The great night that provides, the great day that neglects.

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Hawaiian Inspirational Quotes

The land is a chief; man is its servant.

The Lehua blossom unfolds when the rains tread on it.

The leopard does not change his spots.

The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.

The prize goes to the quick one.

The Pu’ulena wind of Puna has passed.

The rain follows after the forest.

The rippling water where birds gather.

The sea is very calm. All is peaceful.

The site first, and then the building.

The sovereignty of the Kingdom is perpetuated by justice.

The stars are the eyes of heaven.

Cross the sea like a bird

The tide recedes but leaves behind seashells on the sand. For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains.

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Hawaiian Sayings

The traditions of the land are preserved by the youth.

The world is what you think it is.

It is natural for people to behave in a loving way

There are no limits.

There is life in a gentle breath of wind.

There is life in a kind reply.

There is life in the rain.

There is life in the water from the clouds.

Those above are going down, those below are going up.

Through work, one learns.

Tiny is the flower, yet it scents the grasses around it.

Treat a person who comes in kindness with kindness.

Try as you may to undo the good I have done, you cannot.

Unfolded by the water are the faces of the flowers.

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Hawaiian Phrases

Walk softly along the trail and don’t touch anything, don’t look in places you shouldn’t or else the god(dess) will be angry.

Watch, and you will learn how to do it.

Watch out lest the canoe land on a rocky reef.

Watch your step, and don’t let things you can see lead you into trouble.

When one dreams of a canoe, there will be no luck the next day.

When one wants to dance the hula, bashfulness should be left at home.

When the heavens weep, the Earth lives.

When the surf rider is unskilled, the board is broken.

When the rain fell at Puuohaloa, where were you.

Where the hands move, there let the eyes follow.

While the sun is still up, let people work that the earth may live.

Wield the paddles together.

You are a chief because of your people.

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.

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That’s over 200 Hawaii Quotes for Instagram to Inspire You

I hope you’ve managed to find the perfect Hawaii quote. I’d love to know which one is your favourite, and if I’ve missed any Hawaiian sayings then please let me know in the comments below!

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