Do You Know How to Say “Happy Birthday” in Hawaiian?

Birthdays are for connectingMost of you know that I just moved back to the mainland from the Garden Isle of Kaua`i. And, while you can take the girl out of Kaua`i, you can’t take Kaua`i out of the girl.

So, you’ll find that I still say aloha and mahalo, among other favorite Hawaiian words/phrases – one of which is “happy birthday.”

My celebration took place on Dec. 1st (21 again – LOL) and I continued my annual tradition of gathering friends – this time in Colorado (this pic was from last year’s gathering on Kaua`i).

Some people I know would rather ignore their birthdays, but those who know me know that I cherish the opportunity to bring friends and family together for the joyful opportunity to connect, celebrate love and laugh a lot.

You hear SO much about connecting and building relationships in business. Let’s not forget how important it is in our personal lives with family and friends.

So, how do you say “happy birthday” in Hawaiian? It’s hau`oli la hanau.

Whether celebrating a birthday or just the blessing of waking up to another beautiful day, I hope you have a blast! Have a birthday story you’d like to share (or a favorite Hawaiian word)? Please do so in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you. Mahalo.

Debra Jason

Marketing & writing with heart, not hype at at The Write Direction
A recipient of the “Creative Person of the Year” award, Debra educates and empowers creative solopreneurs and enthusiastic business owners to create a lifestyle business that provides them with the flexibility, fun and freedom to do what they love. She also inspires you to communicate your marketing message in a way that captivates and converts your prospects into loyal, raving fans - even if you have been struggling with how to transform your ideas into words in the past.


  1. Joyeux anniversaire, Debra!!!! It looks like you were having an oh-la-la ahola time! 🙂 You are so so so right! We spend so much time connecting for business, that it’s easy to take our friends and family for granted…goooood reminder! And, where in CO are you?! That’s my native land 🙂 I’m from Denver and went to school in Boulder!! Hope you’re still enjoying the lovely ripples of your birthday festivities!
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    • Merci @Eyenie. I had a fabulous time (there are pics posted on FB personal page). Connecting with my friends as well as connecting them with one another is always rewarding. I wish I could “bottle” whatever that is and turn it into a juicy business. LOL!
      I am in Boulder, CO. My “native land” is NYC. I came to Boulder in 1976 to go to graduate school. I am fortunate to call 3 places “home” – NYC, Boulder & Kauai. Let me know if you ever make it back this way from France. A bientot. ~Debra

  2. Sakura Thompson Williams says:

    Aloha! … favorite hawaiian word is “Aloha” because of its derivation— granting beingness and life to another —is beautiful, and I mean it when I say it! I’m interested in a few of your books and will check them out!
    With aloha from the Islands.

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