How do you say “kiss” in Hawai’ian?

Kiss in Hawaiian

Our Hawaiian word of the week is “honi” which means kiss.

In Hawaiian culture, they don’t kiss with lips. They kiss with breath. They touch noses and inhale. As though you are inhaling the breath of life, together.

In the western world, a kiss is a peck on the lips. It’s like, let me have a little taste of you. Muh-uh!

In Hawaiian culture, a kiss is— like, Let me breathe you in. Honi.

The American Sign Language for kiss is we take our kissing fingers and “boop” them together, and then on our cheek. [See video]

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